Young Writers



The Queen’s Park Book Festival Young Writers Award (YWA) was inaugurated in 2019 and has been a great success ever since. The idea of the YWA is to encourage young people from all backgrounds, in Brent and local to Queen’s Park, to enjoy the creative act of writing.


In 2021 the winning entries came from St Claudine’s School for Girls, Salusbury Junior School and Malorees Junior School. It was a wonderful event in a packed Community Tent. You can read all about the award ceremony and prize winners here.

Award Categories and Prizes

There are two award categories: Juniors (under 12s) and Secondary (12-16), and there are three prizes in each category: overall winner and two runners-up.

This year the prizes – co-sponsored by Queen’s Park Books – are: £75 worth of books of their choice for the winners and £30 worth of books each for the runners-up.

The winning schools will also receive an additional prize of a Creative Writing workshop with the actor, poet and writer Elizabeth Uter.


This year the YWA will be a poetry only competition and the theme is Miracles and Mysteries, inspired by William Blake’s iconic poem ‘Tyger,Tyger’.

The submitted work can be in any poetic form; the only proviso is that it must be no longer than 1000 words.

If you would like your school to take part in this year’s YWA, please notify us at the email address below as soon as possible.

NB: we ask that participating schools select a maximum of five poems for consideration in each category.

The winners and runners-up will be announced at the Awards Ceremony itself, where the winners will be invited to read their work on stage. All competition entrants and their teachers will receive a free pass for the festival weekend.

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.


All entries must be received by Friday 15th July 2022.

The awards ceremony will be at 12.30pm on Sunday the 18th September at the festival.


Please email your submissions to Hud Saunders