Wicked Young Writers Competition
The "prestigious Wicked Young Writer Awards" (The Times) was established by the long-running musical WICKED to link the important messages of the production with a competition that would inspire young people to use creative writing to look at life a little differently. Since its launch in 2010, we have received over 20,000 entries to the award.
The Award recognises excellence in writing, encourages creativity, and helps develop writing talent in young people between 5-25 years old from all backgrounds and areas of the UK.
In 2016, a sixth category, the FOR GOOD: Award for Non-Fiction was introduced to encourage 15-25 year olds to write essays or articles that celebrate the positive impact that people can have on each other, their community and the world we live in. The category celebrates the WICKED: FOR GOOD programme, which supports charitable causes at the heart of the stage musical.
Each year, we hold a very special prize giving event at the Apollo Victoria Theatre for all 120 of our finalists. The event is attended by our judges, including head judge Cressida Cowell, the WICKED cast and a range of special guests and includes special performances, Q&As and rehearsed readings of the winning entries, performed by WICKED's principals. All finalists also receive a printed copy of their entry as part of the annual Wicked Young Writer Awards Anthology.
The Award is proud to partner with National Literacy Trust.
750-word limit (not including the title words)
Entrants must be aged between 5-25 years old when entering the Wicked Young Writer Awards
Entries can be hand-written or typed
Writing must be original and your own ideas
No previously published worked will be accepted
Judges criteria: originality, narrative, descriptive language, characterisation.
Ensure that all students include their name, surname and age on the entry form
Open to UK residents only
Deadline is Monday 2nd March 2020
Wicked: FOR GOOD Non Fiction Category
The FOR GOOD: Award for Non-Fiction category celebrates the WICKED: FOR GOOD programme, which supports charitable causes at the heart of the stage musical. This award is supported by First News newspaper.
For the 10th year of the awards we are excited to extend the category to 11-25 year olds with a younger and older prize available.
This year we are looking for good news stories. Do you know anyone who has had a positive impact on someone else, their community and the world we live in? If so, write an article or essay that celebrates them and their story.
If you are passionate about a project, person or cause that is creating change for good, please tell us about it in 750 words!.
You can write in whichever genre you like. Examples of non-fiction include:
Articles and essays
Biographies and autobiographies
Letters and diaries
SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRIES
To submit your entry to the 2020 Wicked Young Writer Awards, please fill in the information on the INDIVIDUAL ENTRY FORM or MULTIPLE SCHOOLS ENTRY FORM.
Please note, both online and postal entries require an online submission form. Please complete one of the two and state whether your form is postal or online.
Win four tickets to see the London production of WICKED at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.
Meet cast members after the show along with an exclusive backstage tour.
£50 worth of books/eBooks tokens to spend.
All 120 finalists’ entries get printed in the Wicked Young Writer Awards anthology.
MORE PRIZES FOR INDIVIDUAL CATAGORIES AND SCHOOLS TO BE ANNOUNCED!
Visit the website for past entries for inspiration, helpful writing tips and more information about the award.