Write poems or lyrics? Short stories, essays or graphic stories? Aged 11-18? We’re looking for the freshest, boldest words in Norfolk.

Send us your very best writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, lyrics, scripts or graphic novels) and you could win professional mentoring, publication on the National Centre for Writing website and bookish goodies!

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The writing categories are as follows:

You can enter six pieces of writing across the categories (maximum three pieces in each category).

Audio entries are also welcomed across all categories.

Word limits

The word limits for each category are:

Audio entries can be up to five minutes in length.

How to enter

Once your writing is ready, complete the submission form which you can find here, or send us an email from your school/college/personal email account to keith@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk and we will give details on how to apply.

Please note: writing previously submitted to the Young Norfolk Writing Competition in 2018 or 2017 cannot be accepted. However, you are very welcome to enter again with new writing!

The competition is now closed.

The best entries will win an exclusive private workshop session with a guest tutor, followed by an awards ceremony in Norwich in the summer.

Got a question? Email keith@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk

Young Norfolk Writing Competition is a partnership between Arts Council England, Norfolk County Council, Norwich UNESCO City of Literature, Young Norfolk Arts and the National Centre for Writing (formerly Writers’ Centre Norwich).

Previous winners