Young Writer

A 1,000-word short fiction competition for creative writers and storytellers.

Primary page content

Closing date for entries: 1 August 2022 at 5:00pm

What should I write about?

Your story can be about anything you like, but it must include a set of elements that will be revealed to you once you've registered. These could be a title, line of dialogue, or object. 

Your story should be no more than 1,000 words and must be a completely original work of fiction.


The Young Writer competition is for people aged 16 to 18. Applicants should be currently studying at a school or college in the UK. For a full list of entry criteria, please see our terms and conditions.


Once the closing date for submissions has passed, all entries will be read by our judging panel and a shortlist drawn up. From this shortlist, we will select one winner and two runners up. The chair of the judging panel is Dr Tom Lee and the judging panel will be made up of post-graduate students from our leading Department of English and Comparative Literature.


All shortlisted entries will win a small prize. Two runners-up will receive £50 each. The winner of Young Writer 2021 will receive £1,000 and an invitation to the prestigious Goldsmiths Prize ceremony.

Do you need some inspiration on what to write about? Take a look at our previous winners' entries.