Competitions for Young Writers

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This page was last updated in March 2022

Betjeman Poetry Prize. Themed contest for young people, aged 10 -13, living in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Cash prizes and more.

Booktrust. Prizes and awards that cover a wide range of genres and themes for both children and adults.

Christopher Tower Poetry Competition. An annual themed contest open to young writers (16-19) in full or part-time education at a school, college or other educational institution (but not higher education) in the UK.

Costa Book Awards. Annual competitions for UK and Ireland-based authors. Short story award and five fiction and non-fiction book categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book. One of the five winners chosen as Book of the Year.

Evesham Festival of Words Short Story Contest. International shorty story contest with adult and junior categories.

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. Poetry competition for young writers aged 11-17. Prizes include mentoring, a writing course, Poetry Society membership and books.

The Eric Gregory Awards. Awards to poets under the age of 30.

Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. Annual contest for poetry on a medical theme. There are three categories: Open (international), NHS (open to NHS staff, students and others), and Young (14-18). Over £10,000 in prizes.

The Sunday Times Charlotte Aitken Young Writer of the Year Award. £10,000 awarded for a full-length published or self-published (in book or ebook formats) work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, by a British or Irish author aged 18-35 years.

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