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Wicked Young Writers' Award returns for a second year

Wicked

Story by Jack Foley

FOLLOWING their success last year, which attracted thousands of entries, The WICKED Young Writers’ Award is back for a second year.

Launched today (Monday, March 28, 2011), the awards were created with the aim of recognising excellence in writing, encouraging creativity, and helping to develop literacy and writing talent in young people between the ages of 5 and 25 years old.

The Award is separated into five categories between the ages of 5-25 and allows young people from across the UK and Northern Ireland to enter a piece of writing on a theme or subject of their choice.

Launching this year’s awards, Wicked star Louise Dearman – who plays Glinda in the West End production – told IndieLondon: “I believe that it’s very, very important to encourage young people to express themselves creatively and to get involved.

“The Wicked Young Writers’ Award was launched last year and it was a huge success. We literally had thousands of fantastic entries.

“Last year, a few cast members were asked to come along and read some of the finalist’s pieces and I read a young girl’s piece called Ruby The Raisin Who Liked Raisins, and it was brilliant. But all the pieces were so completely different, obviously because we have the five age categories, but they were all brilliant in their own way.

“It was mind-blowing., actually, to see what these young people were coming up with and to realise and appreciate how much writing talent there is out there.”

Inspired by the production’s roots within Gregory Maguire’s acclaimed novel of the same name,The WICKED Young Writers’ Award is championed by Patron Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall and spearheaded by best-selling author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo

Young people are free to submit entries written at home or at school, and teachers will also be encouraged to enter writing on behalf of their pupils through a schools’ entry form and online Teachers’ Resource featuring exclusive video tips for inspiring and encouraging writing in the classroom.

Young people can submit entries until Sunday, July 31, 2011.

A shortlist of 100 finalists will then be announced in the Autumn followed by a special winners’ showcase at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, home of the award-winning musical.

People can enter by post or online with all info available at www.WickedYoungWriters.com

Find out more about the award in our exclusive interview with Wicked‘s Glinda, aka Louise Dearman