I’m delighted to announce that I have been given the go ahead to promote the new writing competition from The Children’s Society, it’s called ‘Seriously Awkward’ and is a fiction writing competition with the theme of 16 and 17 year olds.
For those who don’t know much about me, I’m a book blogger by night and a social worker in a Child Protection Team by… well always. This campaign is close to my heart as I work with young people every day to give them support and find opportunities for them. The Children’s Society is an organisation that provides hope, support, and opportunities to young people across the country.
- Theme: 16 and 17 year olds
- Word count: 2,000 words maximum
- Who can enter: Unpublished writers in two categories; 1) 16 to 25 year olds, and 2) adults aged 26 and over
- Genre: Fiction – from any perspective and any genre
- Closing date: Friday 31 August 2018
- Judges: A panel of writing industry experts will join a young person from the charity to choose the best stories.
- Prizes: Our top prize is exclusive advice and feedback from a top literary agent and writing goodies.
What to write about
Our Seriously Awkward campaign is about improving life for vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds. At 16 or 17, the adult world is both tempting and terrifying. What’s it like between childhood and the big move into adulthood? When is it awkward – and when is it seriously awkward?
Perhaps your character is a young person making exciting decisions about their future. Is she under pressure to make daunting life choices? Maybe he’s a teenager moving away from home, or a parent terrified by the prospect of the big move. They could be a social worker working to protect a child from harm or a teacher struggling to figure out what’s wrong.
Being 16 and 17 is exciting, scary, dangerous, joyful, overwhelming, confusing….and adult life is just around the corner. With up to 2,000 words to craft your story, you can write a story from any perspective and in any genre on this theme.
This is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring writers to have their work read and rewarded by writing experts. We’ll announce the winners and runners-up by 31 October 2018, good luck!
To find out more about the competition and to register for updates click this link.
I’ll be sharing more about the competition throughout the summer and hope you’ll join me in celebrating it.
Wondering why you should spread the word? Check out the video below.
Please share the Seriously Awkward writing competition on any and all social media outlets that you use. And if you fancy trying your hand at winning a writing competition, you can register here.