Cumbria Young Writers Award


The Anne Pierson CUMBRIA YOUNG WRITERS AWARDS 2015 is open for entries.

A chance to win £250 for your writing, plus a £25 book token, publication in the Cumbria Young Writers Award anthology, and 10 free tickets to events at Words by the Water

Closing date for entries: extended to Feb. 1st. 2015

Theme: ‘JOURNEY’

Cumbria Young Writers Award 2015 - theme journeys

Now in its eleventh year this Award celebrates the extraordinary talent of outstanding young writers aged 14-18 who live, work or go to school or college in Cumbria.

Each member of a short-list of 15 will receive a £25 book token, free tickets to attend any 10 events at the Words by the Water Festival and publication in the 2015 Cumbria Young Writers’ Anthology. Excerpts from their work will be read by actors at the Awards ceremony at Theatre by the Lake to a large and discerning audience before the announcement of the winner. He/she will receive £250, and two runners-up £125 each.

Theme is JOURNEY; this can be interpreted as widely as you wish, you need not use ‘journey’ in the title or in the work itself. What are the possibilities within expedition, travel, trek, voyage, cruise, safari, ride, drive, flight, pilgrimage, excursion, outing, ramble? Is it the beginning of a journey or the end? A journey done every day which you fear? Are you being taken or taking? Escaping or liberating? It could be a passage or process through life – ‘a journey to success’ or ‘the road to ruin’. Or consider rites of passage, those ritual events that mark a person’s transition from one social status to another, baptism, coming of age, a debutant’s ball, first communion, a wedding, a funeral.

You can download the entry form here: CYW Entry Form 2015

Make sure you check out the guidance notes here: CYW Guidance Notes 2015

Supported by Cumbria County Council and the Hadfield Trust

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