Writing Award offers young people chance to get work published

  • The Wicked Young Writer Awards were set up to recognise excellence in writing and to encourage creativity
  • The Award hopes to develop writing talent in young people aged 5–25 years old from all backgrounds and areas of the UK

The Wicked Young Writer Awards were established by the hit musical Wicked to recognise excellence in writing, encourage creativity, and help develop writing talent in young people aged 5–25 years old from all backgrounds and areas of the UK.

The prize for winning of the FOR GOOD: Award for Non‑Fiction is a work placement at The Week Junior magazine. The winner of the 18-25 category will receive a self‑publishing package from Spiderwize, in addition to book vouchers.

The Award isn't just about winning opportunities and prizes though. Chris Pritchard, a previous winner, spoke about how important winning the competition was for his writing: “Winning the award has had a huge impact on my writing career. It gave me the confidence to become more ambitious with my writing!”

Supporting the National Literacy Trust, the awards are spearheaded by Michael Morpurgo and Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.
The awards are broken down into different age categories, and are free to enter.
All genres are accepted and we encourage entries in the form of poems, stories, scripts and songs. There is also a non‑fiction category where candidates are encouraged to write essays and articles that celebrate the positive impact that people can have on each other, their community and the world we live in.
A shortlist of 120 finalists from across the UK will see their work published in the Wicked Young Writer Awards anthology and are invited to an exclusive ceremony at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre where judges and cast members will announce who has won in each category.

Entries should be submitted to the Wicked Young Writer's official website. The deadline to enter the awards is Monday 13 March 2017