Mind Stretcher National English Writing Competition

Do you love writing? Are you the next JK Rowling?
JK Rowling – “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

Calling all Primary 5 & 6 students: Your chance to prepare for PSLE and win over $6,500 worth of Great Prizes is here!

If writing is your cup of tea, then Mind Stretcher National English Writing Competition 2017 is the unique platform to showcase your creative skills! Compete with the nation’s best and prepare for the exams at the same time.

The competition consists of two rounds –

  • Preliminary Round (essay to be submitted online below)
  • Grand Final

Top 80 finalists from the Preliminary Round will have the opportunity to compete at the Grand Final on 26 Jun 2017 .

Top 20 winners in the Grand Final stand to win attractive prizes!

Category Cash Prize MS Voucher Total Value
1st Prize $500 $400 $900
2nd Prize $400 $300 $700
3rd Prize $300 $200 $500
4th & 5th Prizes $200 $150 $350
6th to 10th Prizes $150 $100 $250
11th to 15th Prizes $120 $100 $220
16th to 20th Prizes $100 $100 $200
The MS Budding Writer Award (Primary 5) $200 - $200
The MS Budding Writer Award (Primary 6) $200 - $200

Competition Terms & Conditions



  • Subject to the clause below, entry is open to Primary 5 and 6 students (in 2017) studying in Singapore.
  • Children of employees, franchisees, employees of franchisees of Mind Stretcher Education Pte Ltd (“MS”) or its related companies are not eligible to participate.


  • Only one entry per student is allowed.
  • Entries for the Preliminary Round are to be submitted here and must reach us by 15 June 2017.
  • All entries must be accompanied by a duly completed entry form. For the purpose of this Preliminary Round, a word limit of 600 words must be strictly adhered to. Any content beyond the word limit will be disregarded.
  • On the top left corner of your composition, kindly include the following details:

a) Your name

b) Standard in school (e.g. Primary 5)

c) Name of the school you are attending

d) The composition topic that you have selected


  • All entries must be original, written in the English language, unpublished, and not previously accepted by any other publisher at the time of submission. Should the entry be previously published or proved to be an unoriginal work, the participant will be disqualified.
  • Entries submitted online should preferably be in font-size 14, and double-spaced. In the event that this is not possible, a legibly hand-written scanned copy submission on composition paper is also acceptable.


  • The 80 students chosen for the Grand Final will be notified via email by 23 Jun 2017.
  • The finalists will compete in person for the grand prizes on 26 Jun 2017 at our MS East Campus.


  • There will be a total of 20 winners for the competition.
  • The list of prizes can be found here.
  • Prizes are not transferable. Non-cash prizes are not exchangeable or redeemable for cash.
  • Winners must be present during the prize ceremony, which will be held after the
    competition, to receive the prizes.


  • The composition entries will generally be judged based on content and relevance of topic, language use and creativity.
  • Entries submitted either during the Preliminary Round or written during the Grand Final will not be returned.
  • MS’ decision on the winning entries is final and we regret that any correspondence or appeal in respect of the results will not be entertained.
  • Selected compositions will be compiled in our Anthology of Writing (or its equivalent). From our experience, many students would welcome this rare opportunity to showcase their compositions and it would definitely motivate them in their future writing. Writers of the featured compositions will get a complimentary copy of this book as and when it is published.


  • The rights to all entries for this competition vest entirely in MS, and MS retains the exclusive, perpetual, world-wide, royalty-free license to use them for any purpose consistent with its mission, including but not limited to educational, archival and research purposes, and for publicising Mind Stretcher or any programme or faculty of Mind Stretcher, including the right to make derivative works for such purposes, whatever in printed and electronic form.
  • By participating in this competition, the participants and winners consent to MS publishing their names, photographs, biographical information and statements for publicity, awareness and promotional purposes relating to the competition, publication of the compositions and its related activities.
  • MS reserves the right to change, amend, modify, any part of the competition rules and regulations either in an individual case or in general, at any time without notice.

Pick a topic of your choice. Your story needs to be based on the topic that you have chosen. You will also need to use at least 1 picture or a combination of the pictures provided to tell your story.

The word limit for the Preliminary Round is 600 words.

Step 1:
Choose a Topic
Step 2:
Choose at least one Picture
1. Courage 1.
2. Overcoming Adversity
3. Respect
4. Friendship
5. Fear
6. Regret
7. Personal Growth
8. Family
9. An Inspiration
10. Kindness
11. A Mystery
12. Victory
13. A Celebration
14. Appreciation
15. A Proud Moment

  • Check all boxes with the picture(s) you have chosen.

  • Remember to include your Full Name, Standard in School (e.g. Primary 5), Name of the School you are attending and The Composition Topic that you have selected on the top left corner of your composition.

Click here for the Terms & Conditions.

Date: 26 Jun 2017

Time: 8.30 am – 1.30 pm

Dress Code: School Uniform

Location: MS East Campus @ Tampines Junction


8.30 am: Registration

9 am – 10.15 am: Competition

10.15 am – 10.45 am: Tea Break

10.45 am – 12.30 pm: Special Seminar for Student Finalists and their Parents

12.30 pm – 1.15 pm: Award Ceremony

1.15 pm: Lunch

Speaker Profile

Peter Lau is the world’s youngest Neuro-Semantics® Trainer in history and the youngest Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) in Singapore. He is also the author of “The Joys & Pains of Growing Up: 17 Principles Every Youth Must Know!”

  1. Can non-MS students enter this Writing Competition?
  2. Is there a Chinese competition that I can take part in? Can I take part in both competition?
    Yes, you can participate in our 学汇乐 National Chinese Writing Competition 2017, click here for more details. Do note that you can submit only one entry for each competition.
  3. Can a P3 or P4 student enter this competition?
    Currently this competition is only open to P5 and P6 students. However, as the competition is held yearly, we look forward to your participation in our future competitions. We are looking at organising similar competitions for other levels in the future.
  4. What are the judging criteria?
    The composition entries will generally be judged based on content and relevance of topic, language use and creativity.
  5. Who are the judges?
    Mind Stretcher Academic Team (English)