Norfolk & Norwich Festival Young Writers Competition 2020


We would like to invite young people across Norfolk to enter our Norfolk & Norwich Festival Young Writers Competition 2020.

We are looking for eager and talented writers to enter creative writing pieces based on ‘The Passing of Time’. As we approach 250 years of Norfolk & Norwich Festival, we would like to celebrate the passing of time leading up the 250th anniversary in 2022.

Three winners will be selected by a judging panel made up of Artistic Director Daniel Brine, creative writing experts at the University of East Anglia and booksellers of The Book Hive bookshop in Norwich. The winning entries will be illustrated by Illustration students at Norwich University of the Arts and displayed in The Book Hive window during Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020.

Entries can be fiction, non-fiction or prose. Please choose one genre of writing per entry of 1000 words, for example poetry, flash fiction, prose, non-fiction.

Please email all entries to Creative Learning Manager, Sarah Witcomb:

Theme: The Passing of Time
Word count: 1000 words max.
Age: 14 – 25 years
Deadline: Friday 13 December
Entries can be fiction, non-fiction or prose.

Free Creative Writing Bootcamps

Schools will have the opportunity to sign up for a free workshop for their students in October 2019, as the perfect preparation for writing their piece.

These workshops, to be held at your school, will be like a creative writing bootcamp.  Students will generate ideas for the competition and learn useful writing tips that will help them prepare for their GCSEs and A Levels. Having pitched the word count of the competition at 1000 words max to mimic the average exam essay response, this competition will not only give students an opportunity to profile their writing talents, but also help prepare them for their upcoming exams. The workshops can be tailored to fit specific exam texts that students will be working on, please ask us about this upon booking for more information.

The workshop will last for a double lesson period, dates and times can be negotiated.
Flash sessions of 45-60 minutes are available but would be a less in depth session.

Please contact Sarah Witcomb, Creative Learning Manager, to book your place: or call 01603 877750