Got the writing bug?
Discover competitions and opportunities that you might like to get involved with.
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WHAT'S YOUR STORY?
Are you 14-17 years old, living in Scotland, and care about creative writing and illustration? Do you want to meet other teens interested in creative writing and illustration? Do you want to improve your own creative skills? Do you want to help create events and resources for other teens? Do you want to show Scotland that teenagers make brilliant creative work?
If this sounds like you, find out more about our What’s Your Story? Development Programme and how to apply to join us this year! It’s free to apply and to take part. All expenses are paid for any teen taking part, wherever you travel from and whatever access support you need.
Deadline: Monday 16 October, noon
BIGGAR SCIENCE FESTIVAL WRITING COMPETITION
Biggar Science Festival is looking for poetry and flash fiction on The Powers of Nature. You can interpret this theme as widely or as narrowly as you wish. Entries can be in any style or genre and are free for the Teen and Children’s categories.
Deadline: Saturday 30 September, midnight
THE YOUNG WALTER SCOTT PRIZE
The Young Walter Scott Prize is the UK’s only creative writing prize dedicated to historical fiction. If you are aged between 11 and 19, and have a story to tell that is set in the past, this prize is for you! Send them a piece of creative writing between 800 and 2000 words, inspired by any aspect of the past – an actual historical event, place or person. Entries will be judged in two categories – 11 to 15 yrs and 16 to 19 yrs. The winners of each category will be offered a travel and research grant to further explore historical places in the UK.
Deadline: Tuesday 31 October
THE GREAT FIRE POETRY CHALLENGE
The Young Poets Network and The Poetry Society are asking young poets to create a new piece of work. Use the inspirational images provided to write a poem that encapsulates London, before, during or after the Great Fire. How will you evoke the sights, smells, and sounds that accompanied the devastation of the city? How could your poem recreate the emotions of somebody caught up in the chaos of the Great Fire? Open to young poets under the age of 25.
Deadline: Sunday 11 December
THE PITCH: BBC NEWS
This is a chance for young people aged between 11-16 to suggest an idea for a story or report to BBC News - if you've got a great idea programmes like Radio 1's Newsbeat, CBBC Newsround and the Victoria Derbyshire Programme might come and make it with you and put it on the television or on the radio.
Whatever your story idea is they want to hear it - tell them why the subject matters to you and some suggestions about how you would like to tell it to a BBC audience .And don't forget the BBC tells stories in many different ways, including audio diaries, discussions, animation, video reports and short films which we share on their social media platforms.
RIFE MAGAZINE OPEN CALL
Rife are looking for your ideas blogs, articles, videos, pictures and opinions. Rife magazine is yours and they want the content to come from you. It could be in any form you choose. Think about what young people 13-19 might be interested in and send the magazine a pitch.
Scottish Book Trust Young Writers Awards
The awards are currently closed for applications. You can find out more information about them here.
If you're S1 or S2 you could attend, along with 9 other young writers, a five-day creative writing course at the Arvon Foundation Writers’ Centre near Inverness.
Write a 160 character microstory on your mobile phone and then text it in. It costs £1 to text a story though, so choose your words very very carefully!
Closing date: The last day of every month.
The John Byrne Award is a competition open to 16-19 year olds in Scotland supporting creative expression. Pick a set of values from their diagram, and craft a creative response to be uploaded to their online library. Creative writing & illustration welcomed. Each month, the best entry wins £100. All entries from the year are submitted to the annual John Byrne Award competition where the best entry wins £1000 and three runners-up win £500. All entries are eligible for all prizes and all entries will be considered for posting on the John Byrne Award social media pages.
. Monday 6-7:30 at Fountainbridge Library (13 - 18 years); Wednesdays 6-7:30 at Central Library (18 - 25 years); Craigmiller Library (13 - 18 years); and Kirkliston/South Queensferry Library (13 - 18 years). Email email@example.com
Other Writing Opportunities
Fleur Hitchcock's Story Adventure
Hot Key Books has launched ‘Fleur Hitchcock’s Story Adventure’. This free, interactive writing project is aimed at children aged 7-11 years. Help author Fleur Hitchcock write the sequel to SHRUNK!, The Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week.
Kids on the Net
Submit your writing and it may go up on the website
Time to Shine Events
This national platform serves not only as a calendar of upcoming events for children and young people, but also highlights the breadth and depth of local, regional and national youth arts activity happening across Scotland.
You Write On
YouWriteOn's premise is simple: members upload opening chapters or short stories and the YouWriteOn system randomly assigns these to another member to review.
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