Wicked Young Writers’ Award

The Wicked Young Writers’ Award is back for the third year running. The award encourages writing talent throughout the UK. Young people aged five to 25 can enter.

War Horse author, Michael Morpurgo is a strong advocate, speaking of the Wicked Young Writers’ Award as something, ‘very close to my heart’.

Morpurgpo said: ‘Last year my fellow judges and I were delighted to read so many stories that were passionately felt and honestly written down, and where the young writers had found their own unique voices. I’m looking forward to another successful year.’

The Wicked Young Writers’ Award is free to enter; entries must be no longer than 750 words and can be of any genre. Applicants may write in poetry or prose. The award is split into five categories; ages 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17 and entrants aged 18-25 compete for the Gregory Maguire Award.

The competition encourages teachers to enter work on behalf of their students through the schools’ entry form. The Wicked Young Writers’ Award website has a page for teacher’s offering video tips to encourage writing in the classroom. There is also a set of teacher’s notes available for download. The resources can be found here: http://wickedyoungwriters.com/teachers_resource.html

In the autumn, a shortlist of 100 finalists will be announced. These finalists will receive a published 2012 Wicked Young Writers’ Award Anthology which will include their own writing. The 18-25-year-old category will have their work published in an e-Book.

One winner will be chosen for each category, with the winner receiving four tickets to see Wicked on the West End and the chance to meet the cast after the show. They will also receive a writing masterclass with one of the competition’s judges.

Entry submission closes on 31 July. To find out more about the competition and how to enter visit wickedyoungwriters.com