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Young Norfolk Writing Competition 2018

Write poems or lyrics? Short stories, essays or graphic stories? Aged 11-18? We’re looking for the freshest, boldest words in Norfolk.

Send us your very best writing (poetry, lyrics, stories, scripts or essays) and you could win professional mentoring, publication on the Writers’ Centre Norwich website and bookish goodies!

To Enter

To enter, you can submit up to three pieces of writing in each of the following categories:

This is a maximum of six pieces in total per person.

The word limits for each type of writing are:

Submissions may alternatively be made as audio recordings (max length: 5 mins).

Once your writing is ready, complete the submission form which you can find here, or send us an email from your school/college/personal email account to and we will give details on how to apply.

Please note: writing previously submitted to the Young Norfolk Writing Competition in 2017 or 2016 cannot be accepted.

The closing date for entries is 5pm on Monday 4 June 2018

The best entries will win an exclusive private workshop session with a guest tutor, followed by an awards ceremony in Norwich on Friday 13 July.

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Read about our past winners here:

Young Norfolk Writing Competition 2017

Young Norfolk Poetry Competition 2016

Young Norfolk Writing Competition is a partnership between Arts Council England, Norfolk County Council, Norwich UNESCO City of Literature, Young Norfolk Arts and Writers' Centre Norwich

Past winners

Young Norfolk Writing Competition 2017

Six winners were chosen from over 150 entries for this year's competition; you can read their winning entries here.

We are also excited to announce the first Young Norfolk Laureate, Joe Webb. He was chosen for his creative potential and will undertake an ambassadorial role for young writers in Norwich and across the region.

Read the full press release.

Young Norfolk Poetry Competition 2016

We were thrilled to host the first Young Norfolk Poetry Competition in 2016. Read about the winner and shortlisted writers here.