The Girls’ Schools Association (‘GSA’) creative writing competition for young people is inspired by the student poetry GSA schools have been posting on Twitter, together with the uplifting performance of young poet Amanda Gorman who read at Joe Biden’s inauguration as President of the USA. Writers of prose and poetry alike are welcome to take part and we are really looking forward to reading your submissions.
- You may interpret the theme in any way you wish.
- Entries are free and can be prose or poetry:
a. Prose entries can be short/flash fiction, life writing or essay, up to approximately 350 words.
b. Poetry entries can be in any form, including free verse, up to a suggested maximum of 20 lines.
- There are three age categories:
a. KS2 most people studying KS2 will be in Years 3 to 6
b. KS3/4 most people studying KS3/4 will be in Years 7 to 11
c. Sixth Form
- Entries must be your own original work.
- You can submit both prose and poetry entries should you wish to do so.
- Please give each entry a title of your choice.
- Entries must be submitted no later than 8pm on Friday 30 April using the form below. A supervising teacher’s email address will be required for submission.
- Entries will be judged by GSA Officers and Fellows.
- Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
– Adherence to the theme
- The winners in each category will be informed, via their teacher, no later than Friday 28 May and invited to make a video recording of themselves reading their winning entry, which will be broadcast to more than 100 GSA Headteachers during the GSA Virtual Summer Briefing on 14 June, when the winning entries will be formally announced. On and after this date, the winners’ videos will also be published on the GSA website at www.gsa.uk.com and shared on social media; winners must keep their status confidential until this time.
Entries must be submitted no later than 8pm on Friday 30 April using the form below.
All queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Competition entry form