Rebel Writing Campaign

Please note that the deadline for this campaign has now passed. This page is for information only. 

Rebel Rebel, pick up yer pen
Rebel Rebel, we want tae ken

As part of our annual campaign to get Scotland writing, we are asking primary and secondary pupils across the country to create a piece of personal writing inspired by the 2018 theme Rebel!

Often, rebellion just means doing things differently from everyone else. Supporting a different team, listening to different music, seeing things in a different way. It’s part of what makes us human. Rebellion spurs opposition and change, allows us to find our own individual voices and inspires others to challenge expectations.


How to take part

We encourage your pupils to submit a piece of writing based on their own experiences of rebellion.

Get your pupils chatting, and ask them to connect with each other and share stories about times when they rebelled. Pupils can write and submit the stories as part of our Rebel writing campaign.

Entries can be up to 1000 words and in any form you like – story, poem, comic strip, play, letter or diary entry – and we welcome entries in English, Scots and Gaelic. The only rule is that this is a piece of personal writing, not an imaginative story. 

Our favourite pieces of writing will be published in a special Rebel for Schools e-book for Book Week Scotland 2018

The deadline for submission of stories is 26 October 2018. 


Submit your Entry


Application information

Images - you have the option to upload a photo or artwork to accompany your piece but please only upload images you have the right to use.

Submitting on behalf of someone else - if you are submitting on behalf of someone else, such as a pupil or young person, please enter your name in the ‘Forename’ and ‘Surname’ fields and their name in the ‘Pseudonym’ field.

Gaelic entries - if you choose to submit a piece in Gaelic please also supply an English translation.


What happens next?

Once you have submitted your work it will go through a brief moderation process and will appear on the website.

For inspiration and ideas on how to get started, have a look at our Resources. We will be creating more Rebel learning resources over the next few months, so watch this space!