Swiss Creative Writing Prize

2021-2022 Prize Results

Both the judges of the 2021-2022 Swiss Creative Writing Prize said how difficult it was to chose a shortlist. A lot of very good poems and short stories had to be put to one side.

While we heartily congratulate the writers and poets who made the short list, we encourage everyone to continue writing.

Thank you to everyone who took part this year – students and teachers alike. We will contact the short-listed writers and poets shortly to invite them to the workshop and prize giving on 22nd May in Lucerne. We will announce the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners then.

The short lists in alphabetical order are:


A matter of definition, Dominic Chaix, Lycée Saint-Charles Porrentruy
Apricate, Lahja Wittwer, Gymnasium Hofwil
Be like water your teachers say, Vrinda Arora, Kantonschule Wettingen
Being an animal, Jana Brack, Kantonsschule Romanshorn
Hide away, Maria Thalian, Gymnasium Liestal
I’m not okay, Andrina Randegger, Kantonsschule Romanshorn
museum of yourself, Moira Lansdell, Gymnasium Kirchenfeld
My reflection’s identity, Lyane Cordeiro Mota Longo, Lycée Saint-Charles Porrentruy
Nothing left, Carole Meier, Kantonsschule Wettingen
Poppy without a name, Sulamith Tamborriello, Kantonsschule Wettingen
Questions, Leon Pfeiffer, Kantonsschule Olten
untitled, Moira Lansdell, Gymnasium Kirchenfeld
When does it finally end?, Lina Birdaini, Kantonsschule Olten

Short Story

A little happiness offline, Hugo Carreira De Oliveira, Gymnase de Renens
Ana, Ella Hirsbrunner, Gymnase de Renens
Down the Snake’s Throat, Sophie Feuz, Gymnasium Kirchenfeld
Happiness Offline, Olimpia Baryła, Gymnase de Renens
Memories, Mariella Barbaric, Kantonsschule Wiedikon
My Sun Kissed Fille du Sud, Sibylle Charbonnier, Gymnase Auguste Piccard
One more Star in the Sacramento River, Madison Richard, Lycée Blaise-Cendrars
radio silence, Jil Hug, Kantonsschule Wettingen
Sheep, Lea Rieger, Realgymnasium Rämibühl
The perception of love, David Enste, Realgymnasium Rämibühl
untitled, Lahja Wittwer, Gymnasium Hofwil


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.