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SOTA Primary 6 Creative Writing Competition 2020 

Update (6 Apr): The top 50 finalists have been announced! We seek your understanding that the announcement of the results for the top three prizes will have to be postponed to between 24-30 April 2020. We would like to thank you for your patience with us as we try to manage the recent implementations to education in Singapore as a result of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.

Update (31 Mar): The current situation involving COVID-19 has proven to be a challenging time for everyone in Singapore. Due to the disruptions that it poses and the sheer volume of submissions received, we are still in the process of finalising the shortlist. This shortlist will be published by the end of this week and all the writers and schools of the shortlisted entries will be informed via email. We regret that only shortlisted writers will be informed. We wish you all the best in the competition!

Update (13 Mar): In light of the of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) situation, the short story writing workshop has been cancelled. Shortlisted finalists and winners will be notified by email by end-March 2020. Results for the top three prizes will be announced on this page on 3 April 2020.


Posted on 30 April 2020

The SOTA Primary 6 Creative Writing Competition 2020 received a record 1,514 entries from primary schools all across Singapore.

All the works submitted were very impressive, and shortlisting the finalists proved to be a very challenging task. The top three winners and 22 finalists were decided on after much careful deliberation.

The 3 winners wrote stories with interesting and believable characters engaged in heartwarming and intriguing situations, all set within richly imagined and developed settings.

Our congratulations to the winners and finalists!

We would also like to thank SPH Foundation for sponsoring the book vouchers that will be received by the winners.

  • The decisions are final and SOTA reserves the right not to respond to queries.
  • All winners and finalists will be further notified by email in the coming weeks.

1st Rakitha Yasotharan Tampines Primary School
2nd Hannah Chua Yun Han Nanyang Primary School
3rd Lee Zhiqin Isaac Catholic High School (Primary)

FINALISTS (in alphabetical order by school)
Wang YiXuanBukit View Primary School
Elliot Aidan NgCatholic High School (Primary)
Maria ZagriatskiCHIJ Kellock
Thaddea TanEdgefield Primary School
Puah Youxuan AnneGreenridge Primary School
Yeo Ka IngHenry Park Primary School
Chew Ching ErnJurong Primary School
Zebina Tock Jia HsuenMethodist Girls' School
Chay Jialin, JamieNanyang Primary School
Tan Hong YuNanyang Primary School
Ang Xuan En ShannenPalm View Primary School
Sophie Tung Xuan YingPei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School
Tor Yu-HerngPei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School
Ku Zi XuanRed Swastika School
Princy ThakkarRivervale Primary School
Wong Yuan XinRosyth School
Estelle GohSt Margaret's Primary School
Mah Ye-en, CaitlynnTampines North Primary School
Lerraine Neo Le XuanTao Nan School
Ong En Min, FaithTao Nan School
Shi Xin YiTao Nan School
Tee Ren HaoYew Tee Primary School


Posted on 6 April 2020

Thank you for your participation in the SOTA Primary 6 Creative Writing Competition 2020. We received a whopping 1,500 submissions from all of you promising young writers!

The 50 finalists are named below, in alphabetical order according to school. The top three winners of the Competition will be picked from these finalists.

We once again sincerely thank all participants for being involved in this Competition!

Name School
Kate Lee Ai Yun Alexandra Primary School
Wang YiXuan Bukit View Primary School
Elliot Aidan Ng Catholic High School (Primary)
Lee Zhiqin Isaac Catholic High School (Primary)
Maria Zagriatski CHIJ Kellock
Anya Aw Chongfu School
Caleb Kow Rong Pin Edgefield Primary School
Thaddea Tan Edgefield Primary School
Wong Yu Ting Edgefield Primary School
Joyce Sen Le Ning Fairfield Methodist Primary
Druss Dzulqarnaen Joehandi Fuchun Primary School
Puah Youxuan Anne Greenridge Primary School
Jervis Lim Henry Park Primary School
Yeo Ka Ing Henry Park Primary School
Chew Ching Ern Jurong Primary School
Xavier Ang Woo Hao Jurong West Primary School
Abdul Azeem Keming Primary
Zebina Tock Jia Hsuen Methodist Girls' School
Cai Yi Shan Nan Chiau Primary School
Wang Qi Xuan Nan Chiau Primary School
Chay Jialin, Jamie Nanyang Primary School
Hannah Chua Yun Han Nanyang Primary School
Tan Hong Yu Nanyang Primary School
Tan Wen Yu Nanyang Primary School
Ang Xuan En Shannen Palm View Primary School
Esther Siak Ka Yee Paya Lebar Methodist Girl's School (Primary)
Sophie Tung Xuan Ying Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School
Tor Yu-Herng Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School
Goh Yi Xuan Rissa Queenstown Primary School
Chin Khai Lynn Raffles Girls' Primary School
Ku Zi Xuan Red Swastika School
Ethan Seow Yi Xuan River Valley Primary School
Princy Thakkar Rivervale Primary School
Anastasia Tan Zhi En Rosyth School
Lee Zhe Yu, Nathan Rosyth School
Wang YuanXin Rosyth School
Ong Jing Kai Eldric Rulang Primary School
Evita Mishra Sembawang Primary School
Nigel Tan Sembawang Primary School
Estelle Goh St Margaret's Primary School
Mah Ye-en, Caitlynn Tampines North Primary School
Rakitha Yasotharan Tampines Primary School
Lerraine Neo Le Xuan Tao Nan School
Moses Goh Chien Ler Tao Nan School
Ong En Min, Faith Tao Nan School
Shi Xin Yi Tao Nan School
Tan Ethan Tao Nan School
Jyotsnaa Jayashanker Xinmin Primary School
Tee Ren Hao Yew Tee Primary School
Grace Tan YuTing Yu Neng Primary School

SOTA is pleased to announce the fourth edition of its annual nation-wide creative writing competition. This year, the SOTA Primary 6 Creative Writing Competition is proudly supported by Singapore Press Holdings Foundation.


If you will be in Primary 6 in 2020 and have a love for writing, you are invited to take part in this competition.

  • Step 1: Pick one of the prompts
    1. Write a story based on the following 5 words: elephant, guitar, blue, paper, and train.
    2. The city underground.
    3. Write a story about 2 people — or other non-human characters if you prefer — from very different backgrounds sharing a meal together. What happens?
    4. You come across a door in a forest. What happens next?
  • Step 2: Write an original story, of no more than 450 words, based on the prompt you chose.
  • Step 3: Submit your story with your completed entry form.


Up to 50 finalists will be invited to a free short story writing workshop.
Of the 50 finalists, 3 students will be named the winners of the following:

  • 1st Prize: $500 book voucher
  • 2nd Prize: $350 book voucher
  • 3rd Prize: $150 book voucher

  • Submission due date: 7 February 2020, 5pm
  • Notification of finalists: Early-March 2020 Early-April 2020
  • Workshop: Half day, mid- to late-March 2020 Cancelled
  • Announcement of winners: April 2020

  1. The competition is ONLY open to all students who will be in Primary 6 (or its equivalent) in 2020.
  2. Each contestant may only submit ONE entry. Entries must be submitted via regular post to:
    SOTA Primary 6 Creative Writing Competition 2020,
    School of the Arts, Singapore,
    1 Zubir Said Drive,
    Administration Office, #05-01,
    Singapore 227968
  3. Entries must be typed on an A4-sized paper with font-size 12 and double-spaced. All entries MUST include the participant's (i) name, (ii) school, (iii) exact number of words and (iv) email address (either individual's or parent's) on the upper left-hand corner of the first page.
  4. ALL entries MUST be accompanied with an official entry form. Please click here to download the form.
  5. ALL entries MUST be original and written in English. The submissions must be unpublished and not accepted by any publisher or producer at the time of submission.
  6. SOTA retains the non-exclusive, perpetual, world-wide, royalty-free license (with right to sublicense) to keep and use submitted entries for any purpose consistent with the mission of SOTA, including educational, archival and research purposes, and for publicising SOTA or any programme or faculty of SOTA, including derivative works for such purposes.
  7. Entries that exceed the word count of 450 words will be disqualified and unread. Title and contact information will not be included in the word count.
  8. The submission deadline is 7 February 2020 at 5pm. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  9. Up to 50 finalists will be shortlisted by SOTA's Faculty of Literary Arts and notified by early-March early-April. They will be invited to attend a short story writing workshop in mid- to late-March 2020. Of the 50 finalists, 3 students will be named the winners. The first, second and third place winners will win $500, $350 and $150 in book vouchers respectively.

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