Now in their ninth year, the Wicked Young Writer Awards recognise excellence in writing, encourage creativity, and help develop talent in young people aged 5-25 from all backgrounds and areas of the UK.
A creation of the musical WICKED in collaboration with the charity National Literacy Trust and celebrated author Sir Michael Morpurgo, the competition accepts creative writing entries on any subject up to 750 words. Your original piece of fiction could take the form of a story, a poem, or even a play.
In addition, the 2019 Awards will see the fourth year of the FOR GOOD Award for Non-Fiction, encouraging 15-25 year olds to write essays or articles that recognise the positive impact that people can have on each other, their communities and the world in which we live.
The competition is open for submissions until 18 March 2019.
If your entry makes it on to the shortlist, you’ll get to attend a star-studded prize-giving ceremony at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, home to the West End production of WICKED. Celebrity judges and WICKED cast members will perform and the winning entries will be read aloud, plus you’ll receive a copy of the Wicked Young Writer Awards Anthology containing your work.
The overall winners from each prize category will win a VIP family experience to see WICKED, including an exclusive backstage tour and cast meet-and-greet, £50 book/eBook tokens, and £100 worth of books for their school library.
Additional prizes for the older age categories include a writing masterclass with a professional author, a self-publishing package from Spiderwize, and work experience at First News.
Imogen Usherwood, winner of the 18-25 category in 2018, said:
“Winning the Wicked Young Writer Awards was such an incredible experience. Hearing my story read aloud onstage was truly surreal but so exciting. The whole process has opened up so many new opportunities for me, and I’ve actually had work published in a magazine since then! I would encourage anybody interested in writing to give it a go.”
Visit the Wicked Young Writer Awards website to find out more about this year’s competition and read the winning entries from 2018.