Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions

WICKED Young Writer Awards

Wicked Young Writer Awards COMPETITION RULES 2019/20

1. These rules (the "Rules") relate to the competition (the "Competition") for the Wicked Young Writer Awards (the "Award"). PLEASE READ THESE RULES CAREFULLY BEFORE ENTERING THE COMPETITION. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR PARENT'S OR GUARDIAN'S CONSENT TO ENTER IF YOU ARE UNDER 18. 

2. Further information on the Award can be found on the website at www.wickedyoungwriterawards.com (the "Website"). 

3. The Competition is run by WICKED London Production Limited ("WLPL"). 

4. Each entrant, or (if an entrant is under 18) his or her parent or guardian, will be required to agree to these Rules before entering into the Competition, by way of a check-box on the online submission form. 

5. The Competition opens on Tuesday 17th October 2019. Please note that the deadline for the Awards is midnight on Monday 2nd March. Submissions cannot be accepted after this time.

6. Entry to the Competition is free. 

7. The Competition is open to young people between the ages of 5 and 25 years of age as at the Competition closing date, who are resident in the UK excluding employees of WLPL or Competition judges, (or members of their immediate families). There are 5 age categories for entry: 5-7 years old, 8-10 years old, 11-14 years old, 15-17 years old and 18-25 years old. These are all fiction categories. In addition to this, a non-fiction category (“FOR GOOD category”) is open to young people between the ages of 11 and 25 years of age. WLPL reserves the right to ask for proof of age from entrants. 

8. Entrants under 18 years of age must have permission to enter the Competition from a parent or guardian who will be required to agree to these Rules before entering into the Competition, by way of a check-box on the online submission form. WLPL reserves the right to ask for proof of permission. Entries without permission will be disqualified. 

9. The 5-25 year old fiction categories may comprise of stories, poems or drama. Entries for the FOR GOOD category should be a non-fiction piece of writing which may include an original essay or article. Each entry must be the entrant's own original work. Entries can be typewritten or handwritten and must be no longer than 750 words. Entries may be accompanied by illustrations, but these will not be taken into account by the Competition judges. Entrants can submit multiple entries. 

10. It is not necessary to have good spelling or perfect grammar to enter the Competition. Entries will be judged on originality and creativity, rather than how they are executed. The decision of the Competition judges is final. 

11. Entries can be sent by post or submitted via the online form on the Website. Please note that all entries, whether postal or online, must be accompanied by a completed online entry form.

12. Entries may be made by individual entrants or by teachers on behalf of their pupils. There are different online entry forms for individual and multiple entries. Where multiple entries are made by a teacher entering pupils for different age categories, please specify each pupil’s age category.

13. Each piece of work entered into the Competition must be marked with the entrant's name and age. Where multiple pieces of work are submitted by a teacher, each individual piece of work must also be marked with the school name and address. 

14. All entries will be initially judged by a panel of teacher ‘Judges’ selected by WLPL. 20 Finalists will be chosen from each age category and another 20 Finalists in the FOR GOOD category. The winners for each category are then chosen by the 2019-2020 Wicked Young Writer Awards judging panel.

15.  All finalists will have their entries published in a Wicked Young Writer Awards 2020 anthology (“Anthology”), the proceeds from the sale of which will be donated to the Awards’ partner, National Literacy Trust.

16. Finalists will be invited to attend an Awards Ceremony. The date, time and location of the Awards ceremony will be notified in advance. If a finalist cannot attend the Ceremony, this will not affect their eligibility for the Award. Finalists must confirm whether or not they will attend the Ceremony by the date specified on the invitation. Failure to respond to the invitation will be treated as an inability to attend. 

17. The date, time and location of the Ceremony may be subject to change at the discretion of WLPL. 

18. The winners selected by the judges will each receive the following prizes: 

a. All winners will win four tickets to see the London production of WICKED at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, London and an opportunity to meet cast members after the show along with an exclusive backstage tour. Prize tickets are strictly subject to availability and are valid for a Monday to Friday 7.30pm or Wednesday and Saturday 2:30pm performance excluding school holidays.

b. All winners will each receive a book token/ eBook tokens to the value of £50.  

c. The winners’ schools in the 5-7,  and 8-10 categories will receive £100 worth of books for their school library from Hachette Children’s Books.

d. Other prizes for each category:

  • 5-7 also win:
    • A creative writing workshop for your class
    • £100 worth of books for the winners' school library donated by Hachette Children's Books.
  • 8-10 and 11-14 also win:
    • An annual subscription to First News
    • £100 worth of books for the winners' school library donated by Hachette Children's Books.
  • 15-17 also win:
    • A writing masterclass with a professional author
  • 18-25 also win:
    • A self-publishing package from BookPrintingUK, to publish your very own work.

19. The school that submits the highest number of entries as decided by the Competition judges win a choice of the following:

  • A creative writing experience for the whole school plus 20 off-peak tickets for staff. (A series of workshops from an author for all students that entered) 


  • Free off-peak tickets for a student group,  in November 2020 (350 tickets max, plus staff)’

20. All prizes are non transferable. No cash alternative is available for any prize. 

21. WLPL reserves the right to cancel the Competition and to offer alternative prizes where strictly necessary and where an alternative solution cannot be found.

22. In consideration for WLPL's acceptance of an entry and by submitting an entry to the Competition:

a. Each entrant retains the copyright in his or her entry. However each entrant grants to WLPL a perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free licence to publish, broadcast, communicate and make available the entry in all media and in all formats throughout the world, including but not limited to (i) publishing the entry in the Anthology, (ii) publishing the entry on the Website, and (iii) publishing the entry elsewhere online and on any other platforms (whether now known or yet to be envisaged). This licence will be deemed to include all the necessary rights and permissions to enable such use by WLPL, to fulfill the prizes and to complete the administration of the Competition.

b. Each entrant agrees that WLPL may at its sole discretion edit, adapt, abridge or translate the entry for the purpose listed in clause 22(a) above.

c. Each entrant, and (if an entrant is under 18) his or her parent or guardian, warrants that the entry is original and that nothing in the entry will infringe the copyright or any other intellectual property right of any third party or defame any third party.

23. WLPL's Privacy Policy is on the Website. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted the Privacy Policy and be bound by them.

24. Entrants to the Competition consent to the use by WLPL of their name, age and town of residence to announce the winners of the Competition and to identify entrants in any publication of an entry in accordance with the Rules. Entrants also consent to the use of their personal information by WLPL to contact Finalists and prize winners, to verify compliance with the Rules and for administration of the Competition. Finalists and Winners may be requested to take part in publicity for the Award and the Competition, but only if they wish to do so.

25. Any questions concerning the Rules or the Competition may be directed to [email protected]

26. These Rules are governed by English law and the Courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes arising out of the Rules.