Young Writers' Competition 2020: The Secret

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2020 Young Writers' Competition: The Secret.

This year's competition has now closed. Results will be released in September.

The theme of the 2020 Young Writers' Competition for schools is The Secret. Shhhh... we won't tell if you don't.

We are inviting students to write either an imaginative story or a poem along the theme of 'The Secret'. Young people are encouraged to take inspiration from examples in literature – The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Secret Garden, Harry Potter – or from their own experiences. We are looking for tales inspired by all kinds of secrets, be it a secret world, a secret club or a dark personal secret!

JUNIOR: Three age categories (Years 1&2, Years 3&4 and Years 5&6)
SENIOR: Three age categories (Years 7,8&9, Years 10&11, Years 12&13)

All entries must be via schools. We are unable to accept direct entries.
For further information and guidelines email Laura Byrne:

Click here to view Junior guidelines.

Click here to view Senior guidelines.

Winners will be announced in September at special events at New Wimbledon Theatre. All Winning, Runner-up and Highly Commended entries will be published in Wimbledon BookFest's 2020 anthology. The overall winner of the senior category will receive an iPad.

The Judges

Chair: Ariel Kahn, Lecturer at University of Roehampton
Margaret Reeve, Teacher & Educationalist, Sydney James, Wimbledon BookFest, Dr Mary Shannon, University of Roehampton, Leone Ross, University of Roehampton, Polly Simmonds, Head of Creative Learning, Polka Theatre, Lindsey Barraclough, Author, Maria Garcia, Merton Libraries, Julian Butler, Musician & Writer, Amy Borg, Wimbledon Waterstones

Watch the video below for some inspiration from our Chair of Judges, Ariel Kahn.

For writing tips from Michael Rosen and Francesca Simon click here.