The Elmbridge Literary Competition offers free entry to young writers aged 5-17. This year’s theme is “Enigma”. Send one poem and/or one story. Deadline: 28 February 2022. Full details here.
Get your entries in quickly for this one: the deadline is 31 January 2022. The competition, on the theme of ‘Sustainability’, is open to anyone who has lived, worked or studied in Cheshire. There are entry categories for a range of ages, from 4 up to adult (25-plus), and three different genres. Entry is free. Full details here.
9-18-year-olds are invited to submit to the 2021/2022 Never Such Innocence competition, which has the theme ‘Life After Conflict’. Closing date: 18 March 2022. There are four categories – Art, Poetry, Speech and Song – and you may enter once in each category. Full info here.
If you are based in the North of England, check out these awards from New Writing North, offering financial support to writers for work in development. Enter in only one category. Closing date is 17 February 2022.
It’s the first Visual Verse prompt of the year! As ever, I’d recommend you write your one-hour piece and submit it asap. Prompt and full info here. There are also some early pieces for inspiration.