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2017 Wicked Young Writer Awards Now Open: Competition of the Month!

What are the Wicked Young Writer Awards?

  • The Wicked Young Writer Awards are sponsored by the award-winning musical Wicked in association with the National Literacy Trust.
  • Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron of the Awards, set up to recognise excellence in writing & creativity and to help develop literacy in young people.
  • Acclaimed author & illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon books, Cressida Cowell, will return as Head Judge for the awards. Michael Morpurgo is also honorary judge of the awards.
  • Watch this video on the 2016 Awards to see how the Awards can benefit pupils.
  • NB: The For Good Award for Non-Fiction, is also open for 15-25 year olds to write essays/articles that recognise the positive impact that people can have on each other, their communities & the world we live in.
  • To find out more about the competition, check out our Carpe Diem entry, which contains all the details.



  • All winners will receive 4 tickets to see the London production of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and the opportunity to meet cast members after the show along with an exclusive backstage tour.
  • Younger categories (5-7, 8-11 and 11-14) also win £50 worth of books/eBooks tokens to spend, as well as £100 worth of books for the winners’ school library donated by Hachette Children’s Books and a bespoke Wicked workshop for their school!
  • Older categories (15-17, 18-25 and For Good Award for Non-Fiction) also win £50 worth of books/eBooks tokens to spend and an exclusive writing experience with one of the Awards’ literacy partners.


How to Enter:

Enter Guardian Young Critics 2016: Competition of the Month!

This month, we suggest you enter the Guardian Young Critics Competition 2016.

Each month we’ll be highlighting a fabulous competition for young people. You can find our full range of competitions on the Carpe Diem page here. We also include Carpe Diem opportunities throughout our school planners, so if you’ve got a Boomerang planner, take a look!

What is Guardian Young Critics?guardian-young-critcs-1

  • The Guardian Young Critics Competition is for budding writers under the age of 18.
  • All you need to do is write a 500 word review on one of these books:
    1. Zana Fraillon, Bone Sparrow
    2. Alex Wheatle, Crongton Knights
    3. Malorie Blackman, Chasing The Stars 
    4. Tanya Landman, Hell and Highwater
    5. Brian Selznick, The Marvels
    6. Giancarlo Gemin, Sweet Pizza
    7. Martin Stewart, Riverkeep
    8. Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, The Smell of Other People’s Houses
  • The judges will be looking for the most interesting, entertaining and thought-provoking reviews. Try to capture and express any strong reactions you felt when reading the book – positive or negative!

How do I enter?

  • Once you’ve written your book review, fill out the competition entry form which you’ll find here.
  • Make sure your book review reaches the Guardian team by 17th October 2016.

What are the prizes?guardian-young-critcs-2

Ten individual winners will receive:

  • A complete set of the eight books we’ve listed above
  • £20 National Book Tokens gift card
  • The chance to attend the Award Ceremony  due to take place in London, 17th November 2016

If you have any questions or queries about entering this competition just drop us a tweet or contact us here.

PS: You can also enter this competition through your school – just ask us for more info.

Good luck!