SOTA: School of the Arts Singapore
SOTA Primary 6 Creative Writing Competition 2023

SOTA is pleased to announce the seventh edition of its annual nation-wide creative writing competition.

If you will be in Primary 6 in 2023 and have a love for writing, you are invited to take part in this competition.

  • Step 1: Pick one of the prompts.
    1. About the day the hamsters got their revenge.
    2. That starts/ends with/includes this line: "The song of the seahorsemen was bewitching".
    3. About a flying child.
    4. About a student who falls into a vat of kaya and emerges with superpowers.
  • 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) and receive the following prizes:

  • Top 10 finalists: $100 book voucher
  • Next 40 finalists: $20 book voucher
  • Submission due date: 14 January 2023, 5pm
  • Notification of finalists: March 2023
  • Workshop (TBC): 12 to 20 March 2023
  • Announcement of winners: April 2023
  1. The competition is ONLY open to all students who will be in Primary 6 (or its equivalent) in 2023. Homeschoolers who will be in Primary 6 (or its equivalent) in 2023 are also allowed to take part in this competition.
  2. Each contestant may only submit ONE entry. Entries must be submitted via this form. Please attach a .pdf document to the submission.
  3. Participants must include a title for their short story. Participants are strongly advised not to combine 2 or more prompts in their short stories. Please read the winning entries from the previous years for reference.
  4. 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.
  5. Entries must be typewritten and double-spaced on A4 paper. Font to be used is Arial. Font size 12. Entries should indicate the participant's full name and school in the upper-left corner of the first page. Page numbers should be included in the bottom-right corner of every page.
  6. Participants from international schools in Singapore who will turn 12 in 2023 are encouraged to apply.
  7. Participants are to submit their entries individually. Teachers and parents are advised not to compile multiple students' submissions into one Google form. The form only allows one per email address.
  8. All entries MUST be original and written in English. The submissions must not have been previously published and/or accepted by any publisher (print or online) at the time of submission.
  9. 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 publicizing SOTA or any programme or faculty of SOTA, including derivative works for such purposes.
  10. The submission deadline is 14 January 2023 (Saturday) at 5pm. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  11. The top 50 finalists will be notified by email in March 2023. No emails or phone calls to clarify whether submissions have been received will be entertained.
  12. Failure to adhere to any of the competition rules will result in disqualification.
  13. Winning entries will be selected by a panel of judges. The judges' decision is final.
Click on the top three winners' names to read their submissions!

1st RaeAnne Tse Methodist Girls' Primary School
2nd Lucas Wang Hao Bo Nanyang Primary School
3rd Annaleigh Eve Ng Raffles Girls' Primary School