Fantastic Fictions

We have partnered with Libraries NI for the first time to deliver ‘Fantastic Fictions – new writing inspired by books we love’ to selected primary schools across Northern Ireland. 

Fantastic Fictions invites children from Primaries 5, 6 and 7 to write short stories sparked by their favourite books, with the aim of encouraging teachers and pupils to engage with creative writing and reading. New characters, unexpected plots and surprises are anticipated and local librarians can’t wait to read and share this new writing! 

As always, we’re encouraging teachers and pupils to let their imaginations run wild and upload their written work, videos of reading and artwork during the month of October.  We’ll be publishing all the work we receive online.

We hope you’re as excited as we are to read these young writers’ ‘Fantastic Fictions’!

Fantastic Fictions Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions open on Thursday 1st October
  • Submissions close on Saturday 31st October - NOW EXTENDED to Friday 13th November
  • Maximum word count: 500 words
  • Submissions may be in English or in Irish

Authors can be pupils in Primary 5, 6 or 7, from a school invited by Libraries NI or a home educating family.

They may each submit one piece of writing and/or an illustration.
A class may also submit collective work/s.

To enter -
Email stories and poems, typed, in an editable format (e.g. Microsoft Word or Google Docs).

Send illustrations as a jpeg file.

Please DO NOT send images of handwritten stories.

Please DO NOT send submissions in PDF format as they cannot be edited.

​IMPORTANT: All submissions should be sent to with FANTASTIC FICTIONS SUBMISSION in the subject line.

IMPORTANT: Submissions should be made on behalf of the young author from a teacher or parent/guardian email address.
Please include the following information in the body of the email:    

  • Name of author
  • Age of author
  • School year
  • Name of school
  • School or home postcode (1st part eg BT15)
  • Title of piece
  • Word count (note maximum of 500 words)
  • Teacher or Parent/Guardian name
  • Teacher or Parent/Guardian contact telephone number

All submissions will be acknowledged by email and entrants will receive a copy of the Terms and Conditions.

Libraries NI and Fighting Words NI reserve the right not to publish submissions if details listed above are not included.

Any questions should be sent by email to with FANTASTIC FICTIONS QUESTION in the subject line.

Consent -
by submitting a story for your child using your email address, parents/guardians confirm that they are the parent/guardian for the entrant in the project "Fantastic Fictions", which will result in digital publication.

Teachers must receive and forward the consent of the parent/guardian prior to submitting a child’s work.
Parent/guardians understand that all rights to submissions belong to the contributing writer/artist and to Fighting Words NI and Libraries NI and the project partners, which may reproduce the contributed work in connection with the promotion of the project and the publication together with the project partners.

Fighting Words NI, Libraries NI and the project partners reserve the right not to publish content that contravenes the Fighting Words NI Equal Opportunities and/or Safeguarding Policy.

Both policies are found on

Privacy Policy -
Fighting Words NI and Libraries NI are responsible for storing your data securely.

By submitting a piece of writing or other artwork to this project, you accept that Fighting Words and Libraries NI and their project partners may use your information in connection with the creation of the project "Fantastic Fictions" and publish your child’s contribution digitally.

All rights are reserved to you as the parent of the author / artist and Fighting Words, Libraries NI and the project partners.

No unauthorised person will gain access to your information.
Your e-mail address will not be used for purposes other than to communicate with you directly regarding "Fantastic Fictions".