100 Word Challenge

100 word challenge is a weekly creative writing challenge for our children. Each week a prompt is given, which can be a picture or a series of individual words and the children can use up to 100 words to write a creative piece. This should be posted as a comment on this blog under the prompt.

By setting a limited word count with a focused theme, children have far greater motivation for writing. Those who are reluctant writers feel safe with only 100 words to write, whilst those more advanced writers can really extend themselves with the word restriction.

One of the special things about 100WC is that those entering a piece of writing are encouraged to read other entries and leave a constructive comment. Peer ‘talking’ to peer is very powerful and we have seen a real improvement in some writing that has come from suggestions from other children. It also provides another teaching point for teachers to show children how to comment constructively.

Above all – it is fun! Children feel challenged and then really rewarded when they see the comments. Do join in and see writing improve! (maybe even have a go yourselves, all welcome!).

The 100 word challenge prompt will appear below each week.

You can submit your entry by leaving a comment.

We look forward to reading the entries and above all, have fun and let imagination run wild!


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November 4th 2013

I have a very important challenge for you this week. Sly the Snake has found himself in the middle of a mystery that he needs your help to solve.


Sly the Snake is a builder and a business man who doesn’t go in for any nonsense like ghosts and demons. One night he built a very strange house after plans for it arrived in the post along with payment. The plans had been covered in cobwebs but Sly had built it anyway. The house looked just as the plans had asked for: broken glass windows, creaking wooden porch, spider clock and strange, luminous plastic gargoyles. One night, the owner of the house turned up…

Can you imagine who wanted to live in a scary house like this? A ghost? A demon? A vampire?

Sly was about to find out! (Watch the end of the story here)

Your mission is to create your own scary character to live in the house and write a hundred words about it. Remember to use terrifying adjectives to scare your readers!

Good luck!

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Week 6 – October 14th

Now, the prompt this week is:

…slowly the sky got darker…

Make sure it is your BEST creative writing using only 100 words. This is your chance to show off to the the world!

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Week 5 – October 7th

Here is the prompt for this week.

A picture and a phrase!


…looking down, I was surprised to see…

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Week 4 – September 30th

Wow! The number of entries is growing each week! That is brilliant!

The prompt this week is a little different. You have 5 words and these must be in your 100 words. If you can highlight them in some way so that your readers can see them, that would really be great. The words are:

Funny       Orange        Waved        Pavement         Tortoise (Turtle)

We’re really looking forward to reading your entries on this one!

Don’t forget…..be creative!!!

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Week 3 – September 23rd

This week we have a photo that some grown ups might recognise. It comes from an exhibition of sculptures in Paris. The sculpture is called “pot of legs”.

What’s the story???????


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Week 2 – 16th September.

Thank you for all the fabulous entries last week. It was a pleasure to read them all and to know that the standard of writing at BMJ is just brilliant!

New prompt!!! A picture this time. Use the picture to help you write 100 words. Use as many describing words and phrases as you can to tell the story in the picture.


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100 Word Challenge – The Relaunch!!!

100 word challenge is back!!!

This is the first prompt of a new year for 100 Word Challenge. I do hope you all have a wonderful time exploring each other’s writing! Please make sure you visit other posts to leave a supportive comment. It is only by sharing that we can improve. The first prompt is:

…suddenly I heard a crack…

You can put the prompt anywhere in your writing but keep it together. Remember you have only 100 words to produce a creative piece.

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Anti-bullying week challenge

Watch the video.

do you have a 100 word comment?

how have you dealt with being bullied?


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Challenge! 3rd October 2012

A picture prompt this week!

Look carefully at it and really use your imaginations for your writing!

This one should really inspire those of you who like science fiction!!

You have 100 words to produce a creative piece of writing to share.


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Challenge!! 27th September

This week we are using a different type of prompt. You will have 5 words to use in your writing. They can be anywhere in the piece and in any order but you have to use them all! That means you have 105 words this week. The words are:-







Good luck!!!


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