Resource type: Competition
Price band: Free
Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Region(s): All of UK
Young Writers runs themed poetry and creative writing competitions for children and young people throughout the academic year. Poetry writing competitions usually take place in the first half of term with creative writing competitions featuring in the second half. The competitions are all free to enter and there is no limit to the number of entries that a school can submit.
All entries are read and reviewed by an editorial panel. Entries that meet the required selection criteria are published in regional anthologies, giving pupils the opportunity to see their work in print. Overall competition winners are chosen from the published entries, with prizes for both pupils and their schools.
Young Writers provides free teaching resources to support each writing competition, including detailed lesson plans linked to the National Curriculum and pupil planning sheets. Entries can be submitted by email or by post, or teachers can register to upload pupil entries via the free Online Writing Portal.
Competitions for the first half of Autumn Term 2023 include:
About Young Writers: Young Writers is a division of Bonacia Ltd. It was established in 1991 with the aim of encouraging young people to engage in creative writing.
- Sign up for a free online poetry workshop for KS2 pupils with Mark Grist on 19th September.
- Explore the Young Writers blog to find writing tips from a wide selection of children’s authors and poets.
- Celebrate your pupils’ writing achievements over the academic year by submitting their best pieces of writing for the Annual Showcase 2023. All forms of writing up to 1000 words are eligible.
- Find more writing and book-based competitions for children and young people here.