Matilda Writing Competition

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is staging Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda’ as a musical in the West End, and has launched a competition called ‘Write Here, Write Now with Matilda’.

The challenge invites students aged 8-13 yrs to create a new character at a particular point in Matilda’s story: her first day at Crunchem Hall. Students can create a short scene or write a song for their new character, or create a scene with a song.

Six scenes or songs will be selected for a performance by members of the current West End cast at London’s Cambridge Theatre on 11 June 2013. Students and their class will attend this very special performance and also win tickets to see that evening’s performance of Matilda The Musical. A further ten students will receive a Family Golden Ticket to The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.

For more information click here.


Commonwealth Essay Competition

Are you a writer? Are you interested in the world around you? Do you want your voice to be heard by others? If so, the Commonwealth Essay Competition is definitely for you. We encourage you to be creative in your response to our topics. You can submit a poem, letter, article, story, essay or even a short play. The choice is yours. Just get writing!

Every year, the Commonwealth Essay Competition inspires thousands of young writers from all over the world. Run by the Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883, it is the world’s oldest and largest schools’ international writing competition. Past winners include Mr Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore and Elspeth Huxley.

The competition is free to enter and in 2012 over 1,000 young writers, from 245 schools, in 38 countries across the Commonwealth received an award for their entry.

Entrants are judged in two age groups, Junior (under 14 years) and Senior (14-18 years).

The closing date is 1st May 2013 and results will be announced in the autumn of next year. Click here for more information.

Inspire- Young Composers Competition

As part of the new BBC Proms season, this competition encourages talented composers aged between 12 and 18 to enter their own, original piece of music (no more than five minutes long) to the BBC Proms judging panel.

The prestigious BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition will give you an unrivalled opportunity to have your music performed by professional musicians, heard at the BBC Proms and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. All styles and inspiration welcome!

Winners will be given a unique opportunity to work with live musicians in a concert or studio setting to bring their piece of music to life. The pieces will be recorded for broadcast on Radio 3 and will be performed at the BBC Proms Young Composers Concert. The winner will also be given a BBC commission for a high profile event.

The closing date for entries is 27 May 2013. Click here for more information.

Young Writers Competitions – win an ipad!

The Poetry Games is a new poetry competition from Young Writers for 11-18 year-olds. Entrants should write a poem of no more than 30 lines on a subject that matters to them, to fight for what they believe in using the power of the pen.

There will be a shortlist of 12 finalists – 11 will receive a Kindle and the winner will receive an ipad!

Hurry though as the deadline is 29th March – email your entries to Mrs Toovey (