accessibility & help

Creative writing competition

Please note that this competition has now closed. 

The International Day of the Disappeared (30 August) commemorates people who have gone missing in situations of violence and armed conflict. The Red Cross works every day to restore contact between separated family members.

Now you can help give a voice to the thousands of missing people throughout the world by entering our creative writing competition.

Competition rules

  1. The theme of the competition is ‘Searching’.
  2. All entries – whether stories or poems – should be no more than 500 words.
  3. There are two categories: adult and young (aged 16 or below on 30 August 2014).
  4. The closing date is Friday 18 July. The winning entry will be announced on 30 August 2014.


The winning entries in each category will receive a £100 Amazon gift voucher. Two runners-up in each category will receive a £50 Amazon gift voucher.

Learn more about International Day of the Disappeared

Read the 2013 winning entries


Find your nearest...

  • Health & support services 

Last year's writing winner: ‘I couldn’t believe I’d won’

Louise Hird - Day of Disappeared writing competition winner 2013
30 Aug 2013

Budding writer Louise Hird was pleased with the short story she sent in to our writing competition – but still shocked to win.

Read more >