The Write Stuff

The ASGS are delighted to support The Write Stuff.  

Literary powerhouse Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE has joined forces with The Sunday Times and HarperCollins to help discover the next generation of young female writers.


The Write Stuff 2017 is a short story competition aimed at girls aged 11-16 and who live in the UK.

Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE and The Sunday Times Editorial Director Eleanor Mills are asking girls to write a short, fictional story with a central theme of ‘family’.  It should run to a maximum of 1,000 words, not including the title. 

Claudia Winkleman, journalist and TV presenter, is also supporting the competition and has been named Ambassador for The Write Stuff 2017. 

The competition, now in its second year, was developed following research by National Literacy Trust in 2015 of 16,746 girls, which reveals that only one in four girls aged 14 to 16 (23%) see writing as cool, and nearly six in ten prefer watching TV to reading (59%).

The Write Stuff judges for 2017 are:

  • Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE (joint chair)
  • Eleanor Mills, Editorial Director, The Sunday Times (joint chair)
  • Lynne Drew, Publishing Director, HarperCollins
  • Fiona Evans, National Literacy Trust

How to enter: Entrants are invited to submit a fictional story of no more than 1,000 words on the theme of “family” to, with “WRITE STUFF” in the subject line. Girls: please ensure you get your parent or guardian to enter the competition for you, making sure to include your name, age, contact details and the name of your school. More information about the competition along with writing tips and inspiration can be found at:  


26 March 2017:       The Write Stuff 2017 launch Noon,

7 July 2017:            Deadline for submissions

July-August 2017:    Judging panel to review submissions 

11 October 2017:     Announce winners on International Day of the Girl

November/December 2017:  The Write Stuff ebook published by HarperCollins

Writing Masterclass with Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE / Eleanor Mills, The Sunday Times / Lynne Drew, Publishing Director, HarperCollins

Prizes in detail:

  • Exclusive masterclass with BTB: A number of the girls who create the best short stories will be invited to participate in an exclusive writing masterclass with Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE and Eleanor Mills.
  • The best short stories will be published by HarperCollins in an ebook with special foreword by Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE and The Sunday Times Editorial Director Eleanor Mills.
  • Free books: The two overall winners and six runners-up (one winner and two runners-up from each of the following categories: 11-13, 14-16 years) will also each receive a box of books kindly donated by HarperCollins.

The competition is being supported by the National Literacy Trust, The Sunday Times, HarperCollins, The Girls’ Day School Trust, Association of State Girls’ Schools (ASGS) and the Girls School Association.