Young Writers

Got the writing bug?

Discover competitions and opportunities that you might like to get involved with.

If there are any other competitions that aren’t listed here that we should know about, please send them to us at teen@scottishbooktrust.com.

 

 

YOUNG SCREENWRITERS SCRIPT PITCH COMPETITION

The Edinburgh Short Film Festival are once again teaming up with the Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund to hold a short film Script Pitch competition, the prizes for the winner & the runner-up will include a ticket to the London Screenwriters competition in 2018, return flights from Edinburgh to London and a year’s free subscription to iPITCH. Open to 18-30 year old Screenwriters based in Scotland.

Deadline: Friday 18 August

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ART SPEAKS: THE COMPETITION

Calling all young poets: Art UK and National Poetry Day want you to help us look at the nation's art in an entirely different way...

We want you to find a painting on Art UK that inspires you to get creative. Maybe it's a portrait of someone you can identify with, maybe it's beautiful scenery or industrial gloom that inspires you, or maybe it's a painting of a submarine: whatever it is, we want you to take the inspiration and run with it, using the painting as a starting point to create a brand new poem. A single winner will be chosen by our panel of judges and will receive £500. They will also have the opportunity to work with Art UK to create a new poem and have it professionally filmed and featured on Art UK. The film will go out on National Poetry Day. Only open to 13 to 24 year olds living in the UK.

Deadline: Monday 28 August, midnight

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PLANET ESSAY COMPETITION 2017

Planet welcomes creative and unconventional ways of exploring the essay form as well as a more traditional style. The publication features writing which is in-depth, yet sufficiently accessible for a non-specialist readership. Open to writers under 30, the word limit is 1,500-2,000 and the winner will receive £200, publication and more.

Deadline: Friday 1 September

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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

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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

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Ongoing Opportunities

 

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.

Deadline: Ongoing

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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.

Deadline: Ongoing

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Scottish Book Trust Young Writers Awards

The awards are currently closed for applications. You can find out more information about them here.

Annual Competitions

The Pushkin Prizes

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.

 

Monthly Competitions

Txt Lit
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.

 

Writing Groups

. 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 artcore@outoftheblue.org.uk

 

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. 

More Writing Opportunities

Scribble: Traverse Theatre

The Scottish Poetry Library

Writer’s Forum Magazine

 

Writing Tips

Book Trust's writing tips for teens

Hot Key's writing tips

John Green on getting ideas

Jonathan Strachan's tips for writing a short story

Sally Nicholls on writing

 

Book-related websites for young writers

Booktrust Teenagers

Fiction Folio

Guardian Teen Books

Reading Rants

Teen Reads

Teens Can Write Too

Young Adult Book Bloggers Directory

Vlogbrothers