Swiss Creative Writing Prize

The Swiss Creative Writing Prize is a 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 was launched in the 2018-2019 school year and we are running it again this year (2019-2020). Any student in the Swiss public education system studying for a Swiss high-school certificate/examination 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 at the Lili Centre, Lucerne, in May 2020.

First, second and third prizes will be awarded at the Reception following the workshop. The prizes are CHF 250, CHF 150 and CHF 100 respectively, half in book tokens, half in cash.

Every shortlisted story or poem will be published in an anthology and all shortlisted writers will receive a copy,  as will their teachers.

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 studying for international examinations (such as the IB or A levels) or attending schools where the teaching language is primarily English are not eligible to enter the prize