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SOTA Primary 6 Creative Writing Competition 2022

SOTA is pleased to announce the sixth 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 2022 and have a love for writing, you are invited to take part in this competition.

  • Step 1: Pick one of the prompts.
    1. 'That night, the banyan tree walked away, and nothing was the same ever again.' Begin or end a story with this sentence.
    2. Write a story that takes place under the floorboards of an old house.
    3. Imagine a world where eggs are used as currency. Write a story that takes place in this world.
    4. Write a story about life on another planet.
  • Step 2: Write an original short story of no more than 450 words, based on the prompt you have chosen.
  • Step 3: Submit your story via this form.

Up to 50 finalists will be invited to a free short story writing workshop (TBC).
Of the 50 finalists, 23 students will be named the winners of the following:

  • First Prize: $500 book voucher
  • Second Prize: $350 book voucher
  • Third Prize: $150 book voucher
  • 20x Commendation Awards: $50 book voucher each
  • Submission due date: 14 January 2022, 5pm
  • Notification of finalists: March 2022
  • Workshop (TBC): 12 to 20 March 2022
  • Announcement of winners: April 2022
  1. The competition is ONLY open to all students who will be in Primary 6 (or its equivalent) in 2022.
  2. Each contestant may only submit ONE entry. Entries must be submitted via this form. Please attach a .pdf document to the submission.
  3. Entries must be typewritten on A4 paper using Arial font, font size 12 and double-spaced.
  4. Entries should indicate the participant's full name, school and email address in the upper-left corner of every page. Page numbers should be included in the upper-right corner of every page.
  5. Only short stories will be accepted. Each entry should be no longer than 450 words. Type the exact word count at the end of the manuscript.
  6. All entries MUST be original and written in English. The submissions must be unpublished and not accepted by any publisher at the time of submission.
  7. The copyright of the work sits with the original writer, however, 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, without needing to seek prior permission from the writer.
  8. The submission deadline is 14 January 2022 (Friday) at 5pm. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  9. Finalists will be notified by March 2022. We reserve the right to not respond to emails or phone calls.
  10. Failure to adhere to the competition rules will result in disqualification.
  11. Winning entries will be selected by a panel of judges.
Have a question? Email us at [email protected].
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