creative writing competition

2024 Theme: “Opposites”

10 April – Announce CWC theme/prompts.

10 May – Closing date for school registration of participant(s): 1 for ages 11-14 and 1 for ages 15-19. Submission of Stories deadline.

11 May – 23 May – Round 1 judging (virtual.)

24 May – CWC Finalists announced.

8 June – CWC Finals Event (in person) – workshop activities / Final judging / Awards. This year will be hosted by The Mayflower School in Santiago, Lo Barnechea.

Short Story Writing Overview

The voice of young people’s creative literary imagination that reveals an insight into their critical thinking within the boundaries set by short story conventions.  The key to language learning and developing proficiency in a language is in writing, especially in the field of creative imaginative expression.

Details (Please see this and other information as well on the links above)

2024 Theme

The theme for this year is “Opposites”.

Students will be expected to include this theme throughout their stories.


  • Open to students from ESU member schools and organisations
  • Age limit: 11 to 19 years of age
  • Junior Category: ages 11-14 years.
  • Senior Category: ages 15-19 years.
  • Competition submission deadline : 10 May 2024, midnight
  • All submissions must be typed in
    • Font : Times New Roman
    • Size : 12
    • Spacing : 1.5
  • Short story should be at least 450 words but not exceed 1200 words and must be based on 2024 theme “Opposites”.
  • Submissions must include a cover page with
    • Name of student
    • Name of school/organisation
    • Title of short story
  • Every typed page must contain title of short story as a header
    (Title is based on 2024 theme “Opposites” however is not the title)
  • Send registered participant’s entry to (or through the Registration Form in link above) by 10 May to be included in Round 1 of Judging. ESU judging will take place 11-23 May and CWC Finalists will be announced 24 May.
  • On 08 June ESU is planning a CWC Final Event (in person) which will require all shortlisted participants in both Junior and Senior Categories to make travel arrangements to attend the full day Final Competition/ Workshop Activities/ Awards in The Mayflower School, Cam. de La Laguna 13675, Colegio Apoquíndo, Lo Barnechea, Región Metropolitana.
  • ESU encourages each school to organise their own interschool competition, throughout the entire campus or targeted grade levels/classrooms.  Complete the suggested writing activity and have school staff and students select the final candidate that will represent the school as the participant in the Junior Category (ages 11-14 years) and the final candidate that will represent the school as the participant in the Senior Category (ages 15-19 years).  Thus, each school could have 1 or 2 student participants that will be registered as the school participant(s) for the 2024 ESU CWC.
  • Participants must provide original works that have not been published elsewhere.  As part of the registration,  entries must be validated as original works. *Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, and  by incorporating parts into your work without full acknowledgment. Entries must also  be wholly original, not manufactured with use of any digitalized artificial intelligence programmes.  Participants who breach the rules relating to registration, eligibility, themes or the conduct of rounds may be disqualified. If the ESU has reason to believe an entry or sections of it have been used in a previous competition, we reserve the right to disqualify the participant from the competition.


Entries to be sent to our email ( or through the Registration Form in the links above.

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