Swiss Creative Writing Prize

2021-2022 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.

The submissions portal for the 4th Edition of the Swiss Creative Writing Prize will open on Sunday, 17th October, 2021.

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 on the theme ‘Offline’)
  • Poetry (up to two poems of any length)

The short story judge for this year’s Prize is Irish writer Paul Lynch. Before you submit please read about Paul, the theme he has chosen and what he is looking for in a short story and the entry rules.   Please click here to submit.

The poetry judge for this year’s Prize is Elizabeth Boquet. Before you submit please read about Elizabeth, the theme she has chosen and what she is looking for in a poem and the entry rules.   Please click here to submit.

Submissions will close at midday (12 noon) on 1st April 2022. The shortlist will be announced on 24th April and the shortlisted writers and poets will be invited to workshops and prize-giving reception at the Lili Centre in Luzerne on Sunday, 22nd May.