Writing Comps & Resources

These writing opportunities have been pulled together from organisations that support young people’s writing. We’re happy to share their competitions and call outs here, but we’re not affiliated with them in any way.

HG WELLS SHORT STORY COMPETITION

Founded by the world-renowned BBC Aeronautics Correspondent Reg Turnill and his wife, Margaret, to celebrate the life and works of HG Wells and encourage creative writing, especially among the young. Entry is free if you’re 21 or under and you could win publication and £1,000.

Deadline: Monday 8 July

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FOYLE YOUNG POET OF THE YEAR 2019

Free to enter for 11 – 17 year olds. Winners receive a range of prizes, from mentoring to a residential Arvon writing course, Poetry Society membership to books.

Deadline: Wednesday 31 July

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YOUNG WALTER SCOTT PRIZE OPEN FOR HISTORICAL FICTION

If you are aged between 11 and 19 and interested in history and writing, the Young Walter Scott Prize is ready to take you on an adventure.  Enter your story of between 800 and 2000 words, and you could win a £500 travel grant, a weekend at the Borders Book Festival in 2020, and the chance to see your work in print!

Deadline: Thursday 31 October

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NEVER SUCH INNOCENCE: GIVING YOUNG PEOPLE A VOICE ON CONFLICT

Never Such Innocence are looking for young people aged 9-18 to create a poem, a speech, a song or piece of art responding to, and reflecting on, a conflict you feel strongly about. This might be historical or current, on an international scale, within your local community, or wider society.

Written work may be in any language, and art in any medium. Every entrant receives a special personalised Certificate of Commendation!

Deadline: Officially opens September, accepting early bird submissions

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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

THE JOHN BYRNE AWARD

The John Byrne Award is an online exhibition and competition exploring personal and societal values, open to 16-30 year olds in Scotland. Creative writing & illustration welcomed. Each month, the best entry is awarded £250. All entries from the year are submitted to the annual John Byrne Award competition where the best entry wins £2,500. All entries are eligible for all prizes and all entries will be considered for posting on the John Byrne Award social media pages.

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Writing Groups

Edinburgh

Fountainbridge Library Writing Groups, Tuesdays at 4pm: There are two young writers groups which meet on alternate weeks. One is for 10-12 year olds and the other is for teenagers.

Morningside Library Writing Groups, Tuesdays at 4pm: teenage writing group.

Highlands

Young Writers Programmes organised by Moniack Mhor.

Ongoing Opportunities

ZEALOUS STORIES: POETRY

Tell your story! Zealous Stories is a monthly open call that offers you, our creative community the chance to win a month-long feature of your work across Zealous, plus a host of amazing creative prizes including book vouchers and membership to the Poetry Book Society. Submit one poem under 42 lines for the chance to win.

Deadline: Every month

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Other Opportunities

The National Youth Arts Advisory Group (NYAAG) are a group of 14 to 24 years olds from across Scotland who help determine the priorities of youth arts at a regional and national level. The team is currently looking for new members.

Deadline: Monday 15 July, noon

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Other Writing Opportunities

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. 

Writing Tips

Book Trust’s writing tips for teens

Jonathan Strachan’s tips for writing a short story

Writer’s Forum Magazine

Book-related websites for young writers

Guardian Teen Books

Reading Rants

Teen Reads

Teens Can Write Too

Young Adult Book Bloggers Directory

Vlogbrothers