Calling Yorkshire’s young writers – We want to hear from you!
Enter your short story, poem or piece of Flash Fiction for The Mount School and York Literature Festival Creative Writing Competition.

Theme: Monsters.

Age groups
Under 12s; 12-15 years; 16-18 years.

• Short story U12s (up to 500 words)
• Short story 12-15 years (up to 1,200 words)
• Short story 16-18 years (up to 2,000 words)
• Poetry U12s (up to 20 lines)
• Poetry 12-15 years (up to 20 lines)
• Poetry 16-18 years (up to 30 lines)
• Flash fiction 16-18 years (between 180-360
words only).

Entry fee: Entry is free but the organisers request no more than two submissions per entrant, including all categories.

Entries to be submitted before 23:59 on 1st March to yorkliteraturefestival@ or via post to The Marketing Department, The Mount School York, Dalton Terrace, York YO24 4DD. Please be sure to include the entrant’s full name, date of birth, name of school / college, and return address on each entry. If you wish for your entry to be returned to you, please include a stamped, self addressed envelope.

Authors of the top three entries for each category will be contacted between 9 and 11 March and invited to read their work and receive their certificate at a celebration at The Mount School on Friday 23 March from 6pm – 8pm. Winning pieces will be published by The Mount School on their website and in local media.


The York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry Competition is back – and it’s bigger than ever.

The top prize has been increased to £600, and a fourth prize has been added. This year’s judge is acclaimed poet Andrew McMillan. Born in South Yorkshire in 1988,  Andrew’s debut collection Physical was the only poetry collection ever to win The Guardian First Book Award. His second collection, Playtime, will be published by Jonathan Cape in 2018. He is senior lecturer at the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Full entry details will be published in YorkMix – – on the competition’s official launch date of December 13.

25 February 2018. First prize is £600, with a runner-up prize of £150, third prize of £75, and a fourth prize award of £50. The York Prize of £50 will be awarded to an excellent poem from an entrant with a York postcode. Online submissions via  YorkMix – – only.

Entry fee
£6 for a single poem; £10 for two; £15 for three; £17.50 for four; £20 for five. There is no limit to the number of poems that can be submitted

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