Creative Writing in a Foreign Language


The School of Languages and Area Studies (SLAS) at the University of Portsmouth are looking for budding writers and poets to show their hidden talents at writing in a foreign language that they are studying.

To enter the competition, post-16 AS/A2 students are asked to submit either a story or a poem in a foreign language of their choosing. The topic that you should write on is “A modern 21st Century fairy tale”.

Stories should be no more than 500 words in length. Poems may have considerably fewer words. A maximum of three entries per school or college can be accepted. Entries must be submitted by Monday 27th June 2016

Students can also video themselves reading or acting out their fairy tale – let your imagination run free!

Individual prizes will be awarded for imagination, originality, structure, vocabulary and grammatical accuracy.

In addition, a special prize will be awarded for the best submission from a school as a whole, with all entries from the institution being taken into account.

The best works will be featured in an online anthology hosted by the University of Portsmouth.

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1st Prize: De no haber sido por el gato mágico

Nanci Kelham,  Hurtwood House, Dorking (prose, Spanish)

2nd Prize: El verano de Daniel y Alfredo

Fleur Webber,  Hurtwood House, Dorking (prose, Spanish)

Commendation: El amanecer

Romana Ramzan, Portsmouth High School, Southsea (poem, Spanish)

Commendation: Algunas historias tristes pueden tener finales felices

Isobel Maddox,  Hurtwood House, Dorking (prose, Spanish)

Funded by Routes into Languages


The following terms and conditions apply to all works submitted:

  • The written work must be created in a language that is not the student's original mother tongue.
  • Work must be submitted by the deadline stated.
  • Each work must be submitted with an entry form.
  • Work must be entirely the work of the author(s) and copyright regulations will apply.
  • The judges’ decisions are final. No correspondence can be entered into.
Funded by Routes into Languages
DescriptionFile Size
Entry form - PDF format PDF 18KB
Entry form - fillable Word format DOCX 21KB