Young Writers

Got the writing bug?

Discover competitions and opportunities that you might like to get involved with.

If there are any other competitions that aren’t listed here that we should know about, please send them to us at teen@scottishbooktrust.com.

 

Current Writing Opportunities

MESSAGE FROM THE SKIES: SHORT STORY COMPETITION

Edinburgh's Hogmanay, in partnership with Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust are seeking short stories 200 - 1000 words in length for their Message From The Skies Short Story Competition. Stories will be selected from the following age groups:

  • Primary School aged
  • S1 – S3 
  • S4 – S6 or school leavers 18 and under

In January, each winning story will be projected onto buildings in Edinburgh for an hour a day, for around a week.

The competition is open to young people aged 18 and under who live, or attend school, or special school, in an EH, FK or KY postcode.  

Deadline: Wednesday 15 November

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PUSHING OUT THE BOAT: PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITY

Submissions of writing and artwork are invited for the first online edition of ePOTB. Pushing Out the Boat, North-East Scotland’s Magazine of New Writing and the Visual Arts, is looking to discover the best new work from young writers and artists aged 12 to 17. ePOTB will be published as an ezine on the Pushing Out the Boat website in Spring 2018 and a £50 prize will be awarded to the best contribution in each of the three categories: prose, poetry and art.

Deadline: Thursday 30 November

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HEBE: THE POETRY OF YOUTH - ISSUE 3 "PATTERNS"

The theme for HEBE's third issue is ‘Patterns’. They encourage poets to be creative in their interpretation of this theme, and there are no limits as to how it can be developed. Initial ideas could include the patterns found in nature, human behaviour and daily life. Poetry, photography and illustration from u18s accepted. HEBE will try to provide constructive feedback to all work submitted, whether it is published or not. 

Deadline: Thursday 30 November

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QUANTUM SHORTS 2017 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

Your story must contain the phrase "There are only two possibilities: yes or no". Read up on Quantum Physics and write a short story exploring it in under 1000 words. Everything you need is at the contest site. Open Worldwide. Youth category for 13-18 year olds open for entries.

Deadline: Friday 1 December

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THE GREAT FIRE POETRY CHALLENGE

The Young Poets Network and The Poetry Society are asking young poets to create a new piece of work. Use the inspirational images provided to write a poem that encapsulates London, before, during or after the Great Fire. How will you evoke the sights, smells, and sounds that accompanied the devastation of the city? How could your poem recreate the emotions of somebody caught up in the chaos of the Great Fire? Open to young poets under the age of 25.

Deadline: Sunday 11 December

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Ongoing Opportunities

 

THE PITCH: BBC NEWS

This is a chance for young people aged between 11-16 to suggest an idea for a story or report to BBC News - if you've got a great idea programmes like Radio 1's Newsbeat, CBBC Newsround and the Victoria Derbyshire Programme might come and make it with you and put it on the television or on the radio.

Whatever your story idea is they want to hear it - tell them why the subject matters to you and some suggestions about how you would like to tell it to a BBC audience .And don't forget the BBC tells stories in many different ways, including audio diaries, discussions, animation, video reports and short films which we share on their social media platforms.

Deadline: Ongoing

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RIFE MAGAZINE OPEN CALL

Rife are looking for your ideas blogs, articles, videos, pictures and opinions. Rife magazine is yours and they want the content to come from you. It could be in any form you choose. Think about what young people 13-19 might be interested in and send the magazine a pitch.

Deadline: Ongoing

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Scottish Book Trust Young Writers Awards

The awards are currently closed for applications. You can find out more information about them here.

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

Txt Lit
Write a 160 character microstory on your mobile phone and then text it in. It costs £1 to text a story though, so choose your words very very carefully!
Closing date: The last day of every month.

The John Byrne Award is a competition open to 16-19 year olds in Scotland supporting creative expression. Pick a set of values from their diagram, and craft a creative response to be uploaded to their online library. Creative writing & illustration welcomed. Each month, the best entry wins £100. All entries from the year are submitted to the annual John Byrne Award competition where the best entry wins £1000 and three runners-up win £500. All entries are eligible for all prizes and all entries will be considered for posting on the John Byrne Award social media pages.

 

Writing Groups

. Monday 6-7:30 at Fountainbridge Library (13 - 18 years); Wednesdays 6-7:30 at Central Library (18 - 25 years); Craigmiller Library (13 - 18 years); and Kirkliston/South Queensferry Library (13 - 18 years). Email artcore@outoftheblue.org.uk

 

Other Writing Opportunities

Fleur Hitchcock's Story Adventure
Hot Key Books has launched ‘Fleur Hitchcock’s Story Adventure’. This free, interactive writing project is aimed at children aged 7-11 years. Help author Fleur Hitchcock write the sequel to SHRUNK!, The Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week. 

Kids on the Net
Submit your writing and it may go up on the website

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. 

More Writing Opportunities

Scribble: Traverse Theatre

The Scottish Poetry Library

Writer’s Forum Magazine

 

Writing Tips

Book Trust's writing tips for teens

Hot Key's writing tips

John Green on getting ideas

Jonathan Strachan's tips for writing a short story

Sally Nicholls on writing

 

Book-related websites for young writers

Booktrust Teenagers

Fiction Folio

Guardian Teen Books

Reading Rants

Teen Reads

Teens Can Write Too

Young Adult Book Bloggers Directory

Vlogbrothers