Have a story to tell? Enter our creative writing competition in partnership with Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House


*The competition is now closed*

Competition details

Submit a story for your chance to win expert advice and feedback from a top literary agent. As part of our Seriously Awkward campaign for vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds, craft a fictional story about this awkward age. Enter your story now by completing the online form.  

  • 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  • Who can enter: Unpublished writers in two categories 1) 16 to 25 year olds and 2) adults aged 26 and over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.

Check out the competition FAQs and the terms and conditions before entering and if you have any other questions, please email supportercare@childrenssociety.org.uk or call 0300 303 7000.

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!