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Young writers' competition opens

Young writers' competition opens

Don't forget the Wicked Young Writer Awards is still open, inviting those aged 5-25 years to test out their writing skills. Entries can be up to 700 words and include fiction, non-fiction, scripts and poetry. The closing date is 12th March 2018.

The Wicked Young Writer Awards is run by the West End Musical WICKED together with the National Literacy Trust.

Cressida Cowell, bestselling author of the How to Train Your Dragon books, said of last year's award, "My fellow judges and I read poems and stories addressing really big issues - mental illness, hope in adversity, kindness to strangers and the value of education. There was an incredible range of styles and an array of brilliantly original voices, but they all had this in common - they made us as judges feel something".

Eentrants can enter one of five different age categories; 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17, and 18-25.

Those aged 15-25 can also enter the FOR GOOD Award for Non-Fiction, asking for essays or articles that recognise the positive impact that people can have on each other, their communities and the world we live in.

You can enter individually or via your school via the website -

A shortlist of 120 entrants from across the UK will see their work published in the Wicked Young Writer Awards Anthology. They will also be invited to an exclusive ceremony at London's Apollo Victoria where judges and members of the WICKED cast will read the winning stories and poems and announce who has won in each category.

Other prizes include £50 book/eBook tokens, plus £100 worth of books for their school library donated by Hachette Children's Books. The individual school with the highest number of entries will receive a bespoke writing workshop at their school.


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