Sunday, February 28

Wicked! Writers Sought

The West End musical Wicked! has launched a writing competition which is designed to encourage writing talent across a broad age range. It is called the Wicked Young Writers’ Award 2010,

The main award is split into four age categories ranging from 5 to 16. Entrants submit a story, poem, drama or illustrated piece on a subject of their choice up to a maximum of 750 words before 31st July.

A separate prize, the Gregory Maguire Award, is open to 17 to 25 year olds.  Entrants need to write a piece that takes a well-known story and examines it from a different perspective, as Maguire did when he wrote Wicked!

Wicked author Gregory Maguire and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo will judge the entries and select 20 writers from each category to attend a prize-giving ceremony at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, home of Wicked! A winner from each category will also receive four tickets to Wicked and a writing master class from one of the award judges. All of the short-listed pieces of work will be published in an anthology.

More information about the competition can be found at

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