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Children's Writing Competitions

Children's writing competitions, including poetry, tend to come in below the radar, so to speak, but WritersReign will endeavour to post them as and when we find them.

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Divine Chocolate Poetry Competition
Closing date: 30th April, 2014.
Prizes: chocolate, goodies, book tokens
Free entry
For poems on the theme 'If I met a cocoa farmer', in three age groups, ages 7-11, 12-16 and 17+

Connell Guides Essay Prize
Closing date: 2nd May, 2014.
Prizes: £1,000, five £100 book tokens.
Entry fee: Free entry.
Essays by Sixth Form students studying English Literature on the novel, poem or play that has had the most impact on them.

Shake-Up Shakespeare Poetry Competition
Closing date: 9th May 2014.
"To celebrate Shakespeare Day on 23rd April or Shakespeare Week in March, we would love to read your poems inspired by Shakespeare. You could write a sonnet, or a poem inspired by one of Shakespeare's plays or characters. You could even write a poem about the life and times of Shakespeare himself!"
Prizes: 1st Prize (awarded to the best poet in the book) is a family pass to the five Shakespeare family homes and a copy of 'What on Earth Wallbook of Shakespeare'. Written by Shakespeare expert Dr Nick Walton and world history author Christopher Lloyd, illustrated by Andy Forshaw and developed in association with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
Runners-Up Prize is a selection of Shakespeare-themed books: 'Shakespeare: A Three-Dimensional Expanding Pocket Guide', 'What's So Special About Shakespeare?', 'Bravo, Mr William Shakespeare' and 'Mr William Shakespeare's Plays' - published by Walker Books and 'The Life and Times of William Shakespeare' - published by Templar Publishing.
Entry fee:  Non stated.
NOTE: Competition open to UK residents only.
See website for full details.

IdeasTap Inspires - Writers' Centre Norwich
Closing date: 12th May, 2014, 5pm.
Prizes: Ten writers will get six months of mentoring with a professional writer, attendance at a writing retreat, and much more.
Entry fee: Free.
Description: Are you a young fiction writer (18-30) looking to take the next steps with your career? Writers' Centre Norwich is offering 10 writers the chance to benefit from a programme of professional development. 

Foyle Young Poets Award
For age range: 11-17 year olds.
Closing date: 31st July, 2014.
Theme: FYP is about what you want to write. So you can enter poems written in class, or poems you've written at home, from exercises or from your own imaginings.
Individuals may enter more than one poem, however we strongly advise that you concentrate on drafting and redrafting your poem(s) and send only a small selection (we suggest no more than 4-6 absolute maximum) of your very best.
Prizes: The top 15 winners are invited on a week-long writing residential course at the Hurst Arvon Centre, Shropshire, or receive one-to-one mentoring with a professional poet (age dependent), and have their poem printed in the Foyle Winners anthology, which is sent out to over 20,000 people across the UK. So what are you waiting for? Start writing, and take the chance, it could be a career-defining decision!
Entry fee: Free.
Visit website for more: Poetry Contest
Closing date: Summer: 19th August, 2014; Fall:  December 5, 2014
Prizes: For each contest deadline, the top ten entries in each grade division (K-3; 4-6; 7-9; 10-12 for poetry) will receive a $25 check, special recognition in the book, and a free copy of the anthology that is created from the contest.
Entry fee: None stated.
Poetic Power sponsors three poetry contests per year. Judging is divided into four divisions by age.
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International Children's Stories Competition 2014
Closing date: 31st August, 2014.
Prizes: The two winning stories in the 1-3 years and 4-6 years category will be published as illustrated children's books by Clavis publishing inc.
Entry fee: Free to enter.
The theme of this year's competition is 'Grandpa, grandma and I living in our multicultural society'. You can participate in the 1-3 years category (600 words maximum) and the 4-6 years category (900 words maximum). You can submit your stories online on our website. Here you will also find a better description of the theme and competition guidelines.
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Roald Dahl Phizz Whizzing Words Competition
Closing date: 26th September 2014.
"To make this special day we are inviting you to create your very own short story or poem inspired by Roald Dahl. Selected writers will have their work published and also be in with a chance of winning a golden ticket to The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre for 2 adults and up to 3 children!"
Prizes: See above
Entry fee: Non stated.
NOTE: Competition open to UK residents only.

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