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Competition Terms & Conditions

These Terms and Conditions (T&Cs) are applicable to all Young Writers' competitions unless otherwise stated. If a competition has different T&Cs, these will be clearly stated on the competition page/competition entry form(s).

By entering any of Young Writers' competitions, you agree to accept and be bound by these T&Cs. All entry instructions form part of the T&Cs of Young Writers' competitions.

Terms of Entry

Terms of Entry are provided in competition packs to teachers/organisations by post and available to download at the relevant competition page.

  • Entry to any Young Writers' competition is FREE and no purchase is necessary to enter or win a prize for individuals or schools.
  • Work must be original (not copied).
  • Competitions are open to different age ranges and will be clearly presented on any competition materials and competition web pages. Competitions are also listed in school types: Nursery, Primary, Secondary.
  • Competition closing dates are clearly marked on any competition materials and competition web pages. You can view opening/closing dates for past and current competitions on our planner.
  • Young Writers' main competitions usually run for one academic year; once each term. This is subject to change, but prizes for launched competitions will not be affected.
  • Unless otherwise stated, entries from outside the UK must be submitted via a school by post, email or upload.
  • If providing a home address, we will write to the parents directly. Please seek parental consent before providing these details.
  • The promoter of Young Writers' competitions is Bonacia Ltd., Remus House, Coltsfoot Drive, Peterborough, PE2 9BF. Bonacia Ltd. is a Limited Liability company incorporated in England and Wales, with registered number 05368980. VAT registration number is 102781343.

Publishing Criteria

Our Editorial team select work to be published based on several criteria, which is age-relevant:

  • 4-7 Year-Olds (Infant School)
    • Creativity
    • Imagination
    • Use of language
    • Interpretation of theme (if applicable)
    • Age is taken into consideration
    • Any learning difficulties editors are made aware of are taken into consideration

  • 7-11 Year-Olds (Primary School)
    • Creativity
    • Imagination
    • Use of language
    • Originality
    • Interpretation of theme (if applicable)
    • Age is taken into consideration
    • Any learning difficulties editors are made aware of are taken into consideration

  • 11-18 Year-Olds (Secondary School)
    • Creativity
    • Imagination
    • Technical writing ability
    • Originality
    • Interpretation of theme (if applicable)
    • Age is taken into consideration
    • Any learning difficulties editors are made aware of are taken into consideration

All entrants have a realistic chance of seeing their work in print (average 60%). Entrants who are chosen for publication will be asked for parent/guardian's permission to publish the work. Published entrants are then considered for a prize.

Winners' Criteria

  • Being chosen for publication is not “winning” the competition.
  • Winners are chosen as the best writer or poet in the book, based on the publishing criteria above.
  • Winners are picked through a panel of judges; Young Writers' Editorial Team and Mark Grist (Young Writers' Independent Poetry & Literary Adjudicator).
  • Winners' must be published in the book (permission to publish must have been given before the deadline provided to parents/guardians).
  • There is no purchase necessary to win a prize.
  • Pupil/Independent entry winners' names, ages, schools (if applicable), book title and piece of work are displayed in the winners' section of the Young Writers' website.
  • By accepting the prize, pupil winners agree to their name, age, school (if applicable), book title and piece of work being displayed in the winners' section of the Young Writers website; school winners agree to their name, location and book title the work is published in being displayed in the winners' section of the Young Writers website and being stated in a press release to local media.
  • Prizes are as stated on each competition page. Pupil prizes advertised per book are awarded and announced upon publication of each title. Pupil prizes advertised per term are awarded and announced in the next term. Pupil prizes advertised per competition are awarded and announced in the next academic year. School prizes are awarded in the next academic year. Winners are notified in writing.


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