Wicked Young Writers’ Award 2015 announced

Wicked is proud to announce the fifth year of the “prestigious Wicked Young Writers’ Award” (Times), with entries open from 8 January 2015. The award, established in 2010, is spearheaded by bestselling author Michael Morpurgo, to recognise excellence in writing, encourage creativity and develop writing talent in young people between 5-25 years of age from all backgrounds and areas of the UK and Ireland.

Over 20,000 young people have since entered original and thought-provoking pieces of writing that consistently reflect the interests, concerns and deepest thoughts of young people, providing a first-look at the emerging voices of a new generation.

Championed by Patron Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, the award this year welcomes Cressida Cowell, the hugely popular author of the How to Train Your Dragon series, to join the panel of judges alongside Michael McCabe, UK Executive Producer of Wicked, and Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust.

The 2015 Award also marks the launch of the Sugarscape Fan Fiction Award, a brand new category created by the entertainment website to celebrate the growing genre of fan fiction amongst young people. Cressida Cowell said, “I am delighted to be asked to be a judge on the Wicked Young Writers’ Award, especially in this fifth anniversary year. As an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust it is wonderful to be involved in an award which celebrates young people’s writing and creativity.”

Wicked’s UK Executive Producer, Michael McCabe, said, “As a show, Wicked strives to draw upon the thrill of live performance to inspire discussion around its story and themes. It is therefore hugely rewarding to be launching the fifth incredible year of the Wicked Young Writers’ Award, and to again be working with the next generation of writing talent.”

Pieces of writing can be submitted, either individually or as part of a school group, until Friday 18 April 2015. A shortlist of 100 entrants will see their poem or story published in the Wicked Young Writers’ Award Anthology and will be invited to a very special prize ceremony at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in July 2015. The overall winners from each category will win a VIP family experience to Wicked London, including an exclusive backstage tour and cast meet-and greet, £50 worth of book/eBook tokens, plus £100 worth of books for their school library donated by Hachette Children’s Books.

The winner of the Sugarscape Fan Fiction Award winner will see their work published on Sugarscape.com and will be treated to lunch with the Sugarscape Editor before their special Wicked experience. The school with the highest number of entries will receive a bespoke writing workshop at their respective school.

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