Swiss Creative Writing Prize


Short Stories   99      Poems  32             No. Schools Participating   25

Thank you for all of your submissions! We will contact all students and teachers by email very shortly.


We are pleased to announce that the Workshops and Prize-giving will be held at the Lili Centre in Lucerne on Sunday, 12th May starting around 13.00.

Situated on the edge of the lake and a 15-minute walk from the station, the LiLi Centre is a beautiful space with a great view and run by lovely people. We look forward to welcoming the short-listed writers and poets there!


About the Prize

The Swiss Creative Writing Prize is a new competition to encourage creative writing in English amongst high-school-aged students in Switzerland.

It aims to help students develop their thinking, self-expression and creative skills as well as their ability to write in English. Ultimately, we hope that students will develop a love for language and literature.

The Prize will be launched in the 2018-2019 school year. Any high-school-aged student in the Swiss public education system is invited to submit work in the following categories:

  • Short Story (up to 1,000 words, either fiction or narrative non-fiction)
  • Poetry (up to two poems of any length)

The Prize judges will choose up to 10 students for a shortlist. These students will be invited to a writing workshop with the judges in mid-May 2019. The winner will be announced at the Reception following the workshop. The winning student in each category will receive CHF 500 (total) in book tokens and cash.

We hope (but cannot guarantee) that the shortlisted submissions will be published in an anthology.

The Prize is being run by Books Books Books, the independent English bookshop in Lausanne, as we believe in the power of creating the written word.

Please note, students attending schools where the language of teaching is predominantly English, such as international schools, are NOT eligible to take part.