Opportunities for Young Writers

This is just a sample of the opportunities available to young writers in the region but there are plenty more if you keep your eyes open.


Part time adult creative writing classes
Writers Festival day, Leeds Trinity University (18+) March/April http://www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/events/humanities/leeds-trinity-writers-festival
Playwrights and New Writing, West Yorkshire Playhouse
Youth Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse (different groups for ages 5-19) https://www.wyp.org.uk/about/creative-engagement/young-people/youth-theatre/
Creative Writing BA or MA – various universities including Warwick, Birmingham, Newcastle, Nottingham Liverpool John Moores and Lancaster.
Online courses https://poetryschool.com/

The Writing Squad (16-21 and beyond) – tailored support for talented young writers, applications open every 2 years http://www.writingsquad.com

Northern Writers Awards and Cuckoo Young Writers Awards (14-18) – financial awards for time-to-write and/or writer development opportunities work (January) http://www.northernwritersawards.com/

Cuckoo Chronicle (15-21) – publishes short fiction, poetry, articles and periodicals and Cuckoo Review (15-23) – publishes book, art, theatre, film, event and music reviews http://www.cuckoowriters.com/

Local Competitions

Ilkley Literature Festival Short Story and Poetry Competitions (1st August) http://www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk/join-in/competitions
Leeds Peace Prize (14-18) (Feburary?) http://www.leedspeacepoetry.com/
YorkMix Poetry Competition (February) https://www.yorkmix.com/
Poetry Business pamphlet competition (Feb/March) http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk

National Competition

Foyle Young Poets Of The Year Award (11-17) https://poetrysociety.org.uk/competitions/foyle-young-poets-of-the-year-award/

Websites Listing Other Competitions




Page and performance poetry related opportunities and events  


Comprehensive guides listing agents, publishers, production companies, magazines that come out annually

Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook

The Writer’s Handbook

N.B. Unless otherwise specified, the above opportunities are suited to over 18s.

Sign-up to our newsletter

Sign up to our mailing list below.

* indicates required