The Children’s Society UK offers a literary competition in collaboration with their Seriously Awkward campaign.
The Seriously Awkward campaign deals with complex issues facing teenagers like mental health, domestic violence, homelessness, and poverty. Even though 16 and 17 year olds are still considered children, the support offered by the government is shocking. At 18, it stops altogether and the child is suddenly considered an adult. The Children’s Society UK are calling on the UK Government to give these teens as much support as they need as they transition into adulthood.
The literary competition has been designed to shine a light on issues facing 16-17 year olds. Using themes of the changes, difficulties, and complexities involved with teenagers, writers are encouraged to come up with a maximum of 2,000 words about being 16-17 years old.
- 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- Who can enter: Unpublished writers in two categories 1) 16 to 25 year olds and 2) adults aged 26 and over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.