Get your pens ready to write a story for the Wicked Young Writers’ Award! 

Deadline: FRIDAY 17 APRIL 2015 (at midnight!)

Word Limit:750 words. Entries may comprise stories, poems or drama.

Main rules: Entries must be typewritten and may be accompanied by illustrations, but these will not be taken into account by the Competition judges.

About the award: This award was created by the long-running musical Wicked in order to link the important messages of the production with a competition that would inspire young people to use their writing to look at life a little differently. It encourages creativity, and helps develop writing talent in young people between 5-25 years old from all backgrounds and areas of the UK & Ireland.

There will be the opportunity to enter into five different age categories:

  • 5-7 years old
  • 8-10 years old
  • 11-14 years old
  • 15-17 years old
  • 18-25 years old

A shortlist of 100 entrants will be invited to a very special prize event at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in July 2015 and each will receive a published copy of their entry as part of the annual Wicked Young Writers’ Award Anthology. Entrants aged 18-25 will have their entries published on the Wicked Young Writers’ Award website.

Individuals from each age category will then be announced and will receive a certificate signed by Michael Morpurgo and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall plus a magical experience to see Wicked in performance with their friends or family.

Winners from each category will be announced and will receive a certificate signed by Michael Morpurgo and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, the Wicked Young Writers’ Award Anthology and £50 books/eBooks tokens to spend, as well as £100 worth of books for their school library donated by Hachette Children’s Books.

The Award is proud to partner with National Literacy Trust and with Sugarscape who are supporting a special Fan Fiction award to celebrate our 5th anniversary.

Entries can be submitted individually or as part of a school group and both online and postal entries are accepted.

Read more about it here.

If you would like to talk about writing your story, please feel free to visit Mrs Pope in the Library.

Good luck!



Do you like to draw? Exciting news for aspiring artists!

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Draw a cruel character from Horrible Histories to win a school visit and drawing workshop by Martin Brown, the Horrible Histories illustrator! You could create a rotten Roman, a gorgeous Georgian, an awful Egyptian… or whoever you like. Just be creative and have some foul fun!

To enter, please send your drawing, name, age, telephone number, address, school name and address to:, or post it to: Horrible Histories Magazine, Martin Brown Competition, Immediate Media, Vineyard House, 44 Brook Green, London W6 7BT by 31 March 2015.

Do bring a copy of your picture to the library so we can display them for everyone to see!


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