Red Cross Launches Creative Writing Contest

Deadline: 30 August, 2011
Open to: everyone and all ages
Prizes:  The winning entry will receive a £50 cash prize and a £50 national book voucher

A writing competition seeks entries on people who have gone missing in situations of violence and armed conflict. The creative writing competition, sponsored by the British Red Cross, honors the International Day of the Disappeared. The International Day of the Disappeared (30 August) commemorates people who have gone missing throughout the world in situations of violence and armed conflict. It is a reminder of the hundreds of thousands of families who are unaware of the fate of their loved ones, and organisations like the Red Cross who work to restore family contact between separated family members.


Everyone interested can apply.


There are only two rules:

  • Your writing should be based on the theme of ‘the disappeared’.
  • It should fit onto one side of A4 paper.

So this could be poetry, prose, a comic strip, a short story, an excerpt from your diary, a song… anything at all that you can write on the chosen theme. Entries can be either typed or handwritten. Drawings and illustrations are welcomed, but remember – this is a creative writing competition – so these should accompany your message, not be the message. Translations from any language into English are also welcomed, either your own work or that of a friend.


The winning entry will receive a £50 cash prize and a £50 national book voucher. A compendium of the top entries will be compiled and published for International Day of the Disappeared 2012. All authors of published entries will receive a free copy. Entries will be judged by a small panel of judges, including local authors and Red Cross representatives.

Terms and Conditions

  • Entries must be original, unpublished and not accepted for publication. They should be written in English.
  • The name and address of the entrant should be clearly listed separately from the entry itself.
  • Receipt of entry will be given by email if a valid email address is supplied.
  • A list of commended entries and the winner will be posted on this website, and sent out by email to addresses provided.
  • Copyright will remain with the author, but the British Red Cross reserves the right to publish any winning or commended entries after the end of the competition.
  • The winning entry will be announced within a month of the deadline on 30 August, 2011.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the results.
  • Submitted entries will not be returned.
  • Neither the judges nor competition organisers are eligible to enter the competition.


You can enter by emailing your work to [email protected] or by posting it to:
Creative writing competition
British Red Cross
Bradbury House
Apple Lane
Sowton Industrial Estate

The Official Website

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