New Writers UK
Creative Writing Competition for Children 2012

To download an application form click here

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To download an application form for 16 (or school year 11) to 18 year olds click here

HINTS and TIPS on writing your story can be found HERE

All entrants must be pupils in the following academic years during 2011/2012.
Group One: Primary School Years 4, 5 and 6
Group Two: Secondary School Years 7and 8
Group Three: Secondary School Years 9 and 10
Group Four: Secondary School Poetry

1st Prize in each group:
Shield and WH Smith Gift Voucher to the value of £40

2nd Prize in each group:
Silver Medal and WH Smith Gift Voucher to the value of £35

3rd Prize in each group:
Bronze Medal and WH Smith Gift Voucher to the value of £30

Three Runners-Up in each group:
Certificates and WH Smith Gift Vouchers to the value of £15.

Prizes will be presented at our 8th Book Fayre and Festival at Nottinghamshire County Council Headquarters, County Hall, West Bridgford, NG2 7QP on Saturday, 22 September, 2012.
Finalists will be notified in the first week of September, 2012.

A compilation of the winning entries will be published and presented to the winners during the February 2013 Half-Term holiday (Venue to be confirmed).

Entries should be emailed in Word format to
However, should that not be possible, we can accept typed entries which should either be posted to
New Writers UK, PO Box 9310, Nottingham, NG5 0DZ or handed in to your local Nottinghamshire Library.

Closing date for entries Saturday, 30th July 2012

Thoughts of a Winner

When I moved up to secondary school I had no real thought that I was ever good at English; however after being put into top set in the subject, I gradually acquired a strong passion towards writing and I was widely influenced by my teachers. Although many of the other students paid no interest in the NWUK leaflet, that was given out during lessons, I was more than happy for participate in a writing competition. In addition, my teachers were also very keen on me signing up for it too.
During my first years of secondary school, there were no real exams to worry about and therefore, I had a lot of time to spare, which I used to develop my hobby of writing short stories. Although I enjoy writing, my passion for reading drama (your average girly book) based books was higher, and the stories I have now written are widely influenced by the books I have read during the years.
After entering the competition previously and being a finalist twice, it was third time lucky as, this year, I won first prize for the best short story in my category. Winning that Gold medal and having my name permanently engraved on a shield was overwhelming, and probably one of the most memorable moments of my life. I was very shocked, surprised and happy to be announced as number one, and I’d like to thank all the NWUK team for giving me this opportunity.
Bita Yazdani

Price: £6.99

Nottinghamshire Children Tell Tales, Volume 3

For the last three years, the young people of Nottinghamshire have consistently created stories and poems of such a high standard that we believe there is no cause for concern for the future of writing - not in the East Midlands anyway!

Imagination only is what is required of our competitors and Nottinghamshire's young people have that by the bucket-load!
Julie Malone, Founder and President of New Writers UK

NAWG (National Association of Writers Groups)

Short Story Writing Competition for Children

Closing Date 30th June 2012 are running a competition for kids aged 13 and under. If you’re a keen short story writer, we want to hear from you – and you could win £150 in Amazon vouchers!

To enter, email us at with your short story (maximum of 500 words) on any topic that you’d like. The more creative, interesting, exciting & fun your story – the better!

- No entry fee

- Open to those aged 13 or under

- Maximum of 500 words

- Deadline to enter is 30th June, 2012

- Only one entry per person

- When applying, include your age

- We’d like to publish the winner’s story on our blog, but you keep the rights to it.

The full details are here: click.

Group 1 Finalists
Congratulations to all of the finalists in the NWUK 2010 children's writing competition. The judges had a difficult choice which saw Emily Siedel and Sasha Kowal crowned the winners.
The finalists' collection of stories and poems, published by FastPrint, is out now.
Our 2010 finalists: Natasha Armstorng, Isobel Branch, Halina Broniewski, Tabitha Daniels, Trinity Daniels, Liam Donaldson, Sasha Kowal, Yueh-Chia Lo, Lauren Miller, Christina Schoonakker, Isobel Shier, Luke Shore, Emily Siedel, Hannah Steiner, Romanie-Jade Tulloch, Miriam Turner, Bita Yazdani, Matthew Yon, Rebecca Young.
Group 2 Finalists

Price: £8.99

Nottinghamshire Children Tell Tales, Volume 2

This is an often surprising, always revealing compilation from the finalists of the 2010 New Writers UK, children's writing competition. Given the high quality of writing, and standard of storytelling from which our judges had to select, only the best of the best have made it into this book. Some of the offerings will warm your heart, others will break it, as they prove beyond doubt that Nottinghamshire children know how to tell tales!
John Baird, Chair New Writers UK

Nottinghamshire Children Tell Tales, Volume 1, features our 2009 finalists (pictured below). If you would like to purchase a copy click here.

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