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05 November 2019 Share

• Author, actor and comedian CHARLIE HIGSON and poet LAURA DOCKRILL join 2020 judging panel

• Head Judge – the new Waterstones Children’s Laureate CRESSIDA COWELL

• Closing date for entries 2 March 2020

• To submit entries, visit www.WickedYoungWriterAwards.com

The WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS, created by the producers of the musical WICKED in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, is pleased to announce that entries are now open for the celebratory 10th anniversary year of “the prestigious awards” (The Times). Full details can be found at www.WickedYoungWriterAwards.com

The 2020 Awards mark the 10th anniversary of the national writing competition for 5 to 25-year olds, which were established in 2010 to reward excellence in creative writing and encourage young people to find their own voice. 

Since the Wicked Young Writer Awards were set up, in support of the National Literacy Trust, they have attracted entries from over 50,000 children and young people across the UK. Every year the Awards ceremony, to which all the 120 finalists and their families and teachers are invited, takes place at the stunning Art Deco home of the musical WICKED, London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre. The ceremony features live performances and readings of the winning entries from the WICKED cast. 

As in previous years, entrants can enter one of five different age categories; 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17, 18-25. In addition, the 2020 Awards see the fifth year of the FOR GOOD Award for Non-Fiction, encouraging 11-25-year olds to write essays or articles that recognise the positive impact that people can have on each other, their communities and the world we live in. 

Pieces of original writing can be submitted, either individually or as part of a school group, until 2 March 2020. The overall winners from each category will win a VIP family experience to the West End production of WICKED, including an exclusive backstage tour and cast meet-and-greet, £50 book/eBook tokens, plus £100 worth of books for the 5-14-year old winner’s school library donated by Hachette Children’s Books. 

There will also be prizes for the school and teacher who submit the most entries. 

Stories, poems and non-fiction pieces from 120 finalists from across the UK will be published in the annual Wicked Young Writer Awards Anthology. The finalists are also invited to an exclusive ceremony at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, home to the award-winning musical since 2006, where judges and members of the WICKED cast will read the winning stories and poems and announce who has won in each category.