The Write Stuff short story competition is aimed at girls aged 11-18 and who live in the UK.
Literary powerhouse Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE has joined forces with The Sunday Times to help discover the next generation of young female writers.
Barbara knows a thing or two about writing great stories. She had her first short story published when she was 10-years-old and, once she saw her name in print, she knew she wanted to be a writer. Since then, she's written 30 best-selling books which have been published in over 40 languages and in more than 90 countries and has sold over 88 million copies to date!

Barbara will be judging the competition along with a number of other top experts.


There's some amazing, money can't buy prizes to be won too and a chance to get you story published.


We're asking girls to write a short, fictional story with a central theme of 'friendship'.
It should run to a maximum of 1,000 words, not including the title and be submitted online by Friday 3 July 2015.



Wishing you the best of luck!




"I feel it’s critical to reach out to girls and young women who want to share a story they have created and inspire a new generation of female writers and readers."

− Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE

"I'm all for any competition or initiative that encourages our teens to use their voices and to tap into their creativity. This is a fabulous opportunity for teenage girls to express themselves and share their stories."

− Malorie Blackman, Children's Laureate 2015