Nottingham City of Literature are Running a Creative Writing Competition for Writers Aged 10-25

Words: Isabella Bedi
Monday 09 December 2019
reading time: min, words

Are you a youngster in our city who has gifted gears whirring away? We have a corking competition for you… 


Nottingham’s rich literary heritage has led to our designation as a UNESCO City of Literature, a monumental achievement for our ‘rebel city’ which ensures much-deserved worldwide recognition for our prolific literary excellence, and essentially putting our city on the global map. 

MyVoice is Nottingham City of Literature’s new creative writing competition for people aged 10-25, with the aim of developing young voices in the city and shedding light on the pertinent theme of social justice. Richard Bromhall, project officer at Nottingham City of Literature, says: “We want to know is what is it like to be a young person in Nottingham. The piece should be about social justice and how you want to change the world. Identify a social injustice, and potentially suggest how to fix it.” Entrants are invited to articulate their stories in an abundance of forms – from short stories, poetry, scripts, articles, drama and audio materials, including podcasts and film. 

Richard hints that the pieces they’re looking for will be creative, explore an idea and, above all, be entertaining. “We want to be enthralled,” he says. There will be three winners and two highly commended winners in each age category, and there are some fantastic prizes. “Not only will all winners receive a UNESCO City of Literature goodie bag and a £30 Waterstones voucher, but they will also be published in an anthology that’ll be launched at a special event in March 2020 to celebrate the great work they've done.” In addition to this, age-specific prizes are available in each category, and prizes available for the school with the highest number of entrants.

The deadline for MyVoice is Monday 13 January 2020 at 4pm. For more information visit Nottingham City of Literature’s website. 

Nottingham City of Literature website

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