The Swiss Creative Writing Prize is the initiative of Matthew Wake, the owner of Books Books Books, an independent English bookshop in Lausanne.
The aim of the Prize is to encourage teenagers to write and to value this activity as a way to articulate their ideas, dreams and anxieties. I hope that you will find it a useful adjunct to your teaching.
We have put together lesson plans for teaching an introduction to short story and poetry. While hope the plans are self-explanatory organise please contact us if you would like to set up a workshop in your area to discuss them further and allow teachers an opportunity to share ideas between themselves.
The information is in two parts, the lesson plan and the attached reading packet.
Throughout the submission process the emphasis will be placed on the value of writing as a creative endeavour with the idea that creating a piece of work and putting your name to it is already an achievement.
During the submission process the students will be asked to supply the email address of their teacher. This will be used to verify the student’s credentials in the event that they are being considered for the long or shortlist. The email will be kept strictly confidential. It will be not be used for marketing purposes, nor passed on to other parties.
You can find all the information regarding the Prize in a single document here: Swiss Creative Writing Prize for Teachers
I am still exploring the possibility of setting up an association to apply for funding from foundations and administer the Prize. If I should be unsuccessful in securing funding, then the cost of the competition will be met by Books Books Books.
I am currently looking for a publisher for the winning entries and hope to secure this during the year.
If you are interested in taking part then please sign up to the newsletter. This will be emailed two or three times during the year with updates on resources, submissions and other details. Again, it will not be used for marketing purposes.
In future years we hope to add further categories, such as age divisions, level of English or other writing forms.
I do hope you will encourage your students to take part. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.