Young Norfolk Writing Prize

Love writing? Aged 10-18? We’re looking for the freshest, boldest words in Norfolk.


The Young Norfolk Writing Prize – the popular annual competition celebrating creative writing in all its forms – is designed for 10–18-year-olds living or studying in Norfolk.


Send us stories, lyrics, narrative for games, graphic stories, poems, spoken word, scripts, podcasts, plays, articles, journalism or essays, and you could be in with the chance of winning a range of prizes!



Applications for the Young Norfolk Writing Prize are now closed. Keep an eye on this page for when applications re-open in 2025. 

If you have any queries about the competition, please email Prize Coordinator Cai Draper at [email protected].




Judging process


The Young Norfolk Writing Prize 2024 will be judged by young people who are previous winners, Young Norfolk Laureates and Lit From the Inside alumni.

Do you identify as neurodivergent? This year writers have the option to share their neurodivergent identity with the judges. This information will be kept secure and not shared beyond the judging panel, but it means that pieces by neurodivergent writers will be judged with the awareness that neurodivergency, for some, can create barriers to getting words and ideas on the page.

There will be six winners (two from each Key Stage), and twelve runners up selected.

Winners, runners up and their friends and family members will be invited to the Prize giving and showcase event on Friday 12 July 2024 6pm – 7pm at National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall.

Are you a teacher?

Download tips for introducing the YNWP in the classroom and your work with young people.

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Get in touch

Any questions? Get in touch with the learning team!

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Young Norfolk Writing Prize is supported by Arts Council England and Norfolk County Council.


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