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Young Writers' Awards 2021

Are you a young person who loves writing? Do you have a story to share?

You could enter our Young Writers’ competition.  

We are looking for stories, poetry and non-fiction on the theme of The Library for our Young Writers’ Awards. There will be prizes in each of the three genres.

The Young Writer’s Awards have been running for 8 years and are open to young people based in the north east, in school years 7-13. They are a way of encouraging young people to take an interest in the library and in reading and writing.

Please read the rules of the competition carefully before entering:

The theme for this year’s competition is ‘The Library’.
The competition is open to all pupils in school years 7 to 13, who live in the North East of England. The competition is free to enter.
Entrants can enter one category, either:
* Prose (maximum 1500 words)
* Non-fiction (maximum 1500 words)
* Poetry (up to 3 poems, maximum 50 lines per poem)

The deadline for the competition is Sunday 18th April at 12.00pm.

Everyone who enters will be put into a prize draw to win one of twenty Lit & Phil Junior memberships (valid for one year).

The winners and runners up in each category will receive a prize as well as free membership of the Lit & Phil for one year. There will also be one overall winner, chosen by the Pen and Palette Club.

Please email all entries to, and attach as word.doc attachments. Please include your name, category entered, year group, age and school.

Winning entries will be published in a booklet which will be available both electronically and from the library in due course.

Good luck!

Watch our quick video for some tips to get you started here

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