Young Writers

QUEEN’S PARK BOOK FESTIVAL 2021 YOUNG WRITERS AWARD

WORKING WITH SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS

The QPBF Young Writers Award was inaugurated in 2019. The idea of the award is to encourage young people from all backgrounds in their writing and to give them the experience of having their work enjoyed by a wider audience.

The joint winners of the first award – Marcus Denny and Ibrahim Fida – were from Malorees School and were presented with their prize by Radio DJ and author Simon Mayo and BBC Health Editor Hugh Pym.

Award Categories and Prizes

There are two award categories: Juniors (under 12s) and Secondary students (12- 16). There are prizes for the winners in each category and the runners up. This year’s prizes – sponsored by Queen’s Park Books – are £50 worth of books of their choice for the winners and £25 worth of books of their choice for the runners up.

Entry to the QPBF Young Writers Award

We are asking participating schools to run their own competition internally, selecting a winner and runner-up in each category. The winning entries from each school will then be judged by the festival committee. The winning entrants and runners-up from each school will be invited to read their work at the festival itself on the Community Stage, and all entrants will receive a plus one pass for the entire festival weekend. The winners will be announced and the prizes awarded at the event itself.

Entry Format:

The theme for this year’s award is: Freedom – and what that means to you now. The submitted work can be in any form: poetry, short story, fiction or factual, and in any genre. The only proviso is that the entered work must be no longer than 1000 words.

Dates:

All entries must be received by the festival committee by Friday 30th July 2021.

Submissions:

Please email your submissions to Hud Saunders hud@qpbookfest.com