BBC Young Writers’ Award- Open for 14-18 year olds

The BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University is open to all young people aged 14 to 18, who live in the UK. Entries will be accepted from 9am on Monday, 11th December, 2017 until Monday, 19th March, 2018.

Chair Katie Thistleton will be joined on the judging panel by an exciting line up of award-winning and acclaimed writers, the Carnegie Medal-winning YA author and former teacher, Sarah Crossan, celebrated poet Dean Atta, adult and YA author William Sutcliffe and bestselling author, actress, singer and vlogger, Carrie Hope Fletcher.

The shortlist of the top five stories will be announced on Saturday 23rd September 2018. The winner of the BBC Young Writers’ Award 2017 will be announced at an awards ceremony broadcast live on Radio 4’s Front Row on Tuesday 2nd October 2018. The winner will have their story broadcast on BBC Radio 1 read by a top actor, previously Ian McKellen, Tuppence Middleton and Star Wars’ very own Daisy Ridley. The winner will also receive a personalised mentoring session with an established author to help develop their writing skills.


9am (GMT) on Monday 19th March 2018.


Instructions for Entering

Submissions must be made by the writer.

Make your submission using the online Entry Form as early as possible before the deadline, with an adult’s permission if you are under 16 years of age.
If you are unable to access the online Entry Form you can enter by post. Please see the BBC Young Writers website for more information

Write and format your short story as per the following instructions:

• One entry per writer
• Written in English (with a Gaelic/Welsh version if appropriate – see clause 2.10)
• A maximum of 1,000 words
• Original fiction on any topic
• Typed on a computer
• Any font, 12pt, black
• Double spaced
• No page numbers



Please note, in the Entry Form, you must:

• Provide your name, age, date of birth and nationality.
If you are under 16: Ask an adult (your parent, guardian or teacher) to approve your entry and agree to the Award Terms and Conditions, by way of a check-box in the form. The adult must provide their email address, telephone number and postal address (not the writer’s), their relation to you and the town/city and country in which you live. For the Top 50 shortlisted entries, if permission to enter was given by your teacher rather than a parent or guardian, the BBC will contact your teacher and ask for confirmation of permission from your parent or guardian.
If you are 16 or over: You must agree to the Award Terms and Conditions by way of a check-box and provide your email address, telephone number and postal address.


For the full terms and conditions, and to apply via the BBC online entry system please go here

If you have any questions about entering the Award, please email The Award administrators will respond as soon as possible. Please note that for any email correspondence to, an automated reply will only be in response to the first email sent.

Published on:
19 Dec 2017


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