The "prestigious Wicked Young Writers' Award" (The Times) was established by the long-running musical Wicked in order to link the important messages of the production with a competition that would inspire young people to use their writing to look at life a little differently.
The Award recognises excellence in writing, encourages creativity, and helps develop writing talent in young people between 5-25 years old from all backgrounds and areas of the UK & Ireland.
There will be the opportunity to enter into five different age categories:
5-7 years old
8-10 years old
11-14 years old
15-17 years old
18-25 years old
Judging will be overseen by former Children's Laureate and bestselling author Michael Morpurgo, as well as Michael McCabe, Executive Producer of Wicked in London, and William Fiennes, author and founder of First Story.
The Gregory Maguire Award, designed for young people aged between 18 and 25 years, encourages entries that, in the same style as Gregory Maguire's famous novels, takes a well-known story and examines it from a different perspective. CLICK HERE to learn more about Gregory Maguire and his work!
A shortlist of the top 100 entries will be invited to a very special prize event at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and will each receive a copy of the annual Wicked Young Writers' Award anthology containing their writing.
The overall winners from each category will receive a signed certificate, £50 worth of book tokens, £100 worth of Hachette books for their school library plus a family ticket to see the show with an exclusive backstage tour
The Wicked Young Writers' Award 2012 is now closed.