About the Award
Entries for the 2018 Wicked Young Writer Awards are now open!
Deadline: MONDAY 12th MARCH 2018
Now in its 8th year, the Wicked Young Writer Awards is a chance for young people aged between 5 and 25, to write about absolutely anything! It’s your chance to get creative and write on any theme that interests you. Be unique! We want to hear your voices through original writing and stories.
In our fiction categories, any creative writing will be accepted. You can write a story, play, or poem.
If you prefer to write non-fiction, you may like to enter the Wicked: For Good Award for Non-Fiction and write an article, essay, biography, review or letter, to name a few!
There are six Award categories:
5-7 years old • 8-10 years old • 11-14 years old • 15-17 years old • 18-25 years old
15-25 years old For Good Award for Non-Fiction
- 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
- 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
All winners will win four tickets to see the London production of WICKED at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and an opportunity to meet cast members after the show along with an exclusive backstage tour.
The school that submits the most entries will receive a bespoke WICKED workshop and all finalists’ entries get printed in the 2018 Wicked Young Writer Awards Anthology.
Further prizes to be announced.
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.