Imagine a World Without Words


BIC launches national creative writing competition 

Imagine waking up one day to find that everything is a little bit different. You get dressed, clean your teeth, eat a banana and leave the house, but as you do you realise that Mum’s usual morning note isn’t there. There’s a familiar white scrap of paper, but it’s blank. Then the phone vibrates. It’s a message from your friend saying they’ve received a load of birthday cards but none have been written in. Is this what a world without written words would be like?

As the first part of its 2016 #JustWrite campaign, BIC is asking teenagers across the country to imagine just this by launching a creative writing competition designed for secondary school pupils in the UK. How would you jot down simple notes for your parents and siblings, leave a meaningful birthday card for your friend, or fill out all of those boxes on your exam paper?

Partnering with writing and mentoring charity, Ministry of Stories, the power pen brand is giving schools the chance to win a creative writing workshop for their class with the highly regarded team at the charity, who work to help young people discover and realise their own creative potential. The winning entry, and two runners up, will be awarded with the accolade of becoming an ‘Assistant Features Editor’ and ‘Junior Assistant Features Editors’ respectively, and their entries will be published in the B.I.C., a unique, free title for teenagers published later this year.

The competition is open to students in years eight, nine and ten and all they need to do is conjure up some creative spirit to handwrite an answer to the question: ‘What would waking up in a world without words be like?’ in no more than 500 words.

Jonathan Skyrme, General Manager at BIC UK, said: “We can’t even begin to imagine how uninspiring a world without the written word would be, would life as we know it come to a grinding halt? We want teenagers to celebrate how beautiful the handwritten word is by putting pen to paper and creatively showcasing what might happen if all words disappeared. How would you create that personal touch? How would artists sign their work? The more creative people get – the better!”

Lucy Macnab, Co-Founder, Ministry of Stories, said: “We’re delighted to be BIC’s charity partner for this campaign. At the Ministry of Stories we champion the writer in every child, and #JustWrite day is a great opportunity to get young people writing creatively. BIC’s support will help us provide the one to one support that makes a huge difference in increasing children’s confidence, creativity and ability in writing.”

The creative writing competition closes on Monday 6th June. Ten other shortlisted finalists will also be selected to win an individual gift pack, courtesy of BIC and Ministry of Stories and winners are due to be announced on 14th July 2016. For more information, please visit or join in the conversation on Twitter @mybicpen.