Question: How old do I have to be to enter the competition?

Answer: You must be aged 5 to 16, and studying in either Key Stage 1, 2, 3 or 4. When submitting your work, please select the relevant Key Stage group you are currently in. This will allow

Question: I don’t live in the United Kingdom; can I still take part?

Answer: As the competition is only open to residents of the United Kingdom, unfortunately you cannot enter your writing to the competition. However, please feel free to use the resources, guides and other tips on our website to help you in your writing.

Question: My child has written the entry on paper. Can I post this to you?

Answer: As our selection process is conducted online, postal submissions are not accepted. If your child has written the entry by hand please type this onto a Word document to complete the submission.

Writing by hand is an excellent way to develop writing and research shows it activates parts of the brain involved in thinking, memory and language, so please do not discourage this.

Question: I am a teacher at a school and have multiple pieces to submit. What’s the best way to do this?

Answer: When you visit our submission link, create an account on Submittable under your name and upload your student’s work one by one. For each entry, fill in all details that are requested about the student. Failure to include all information can mean we won’t be able to register this submission.

Question: I would like to arrange a workshop with you. What should I do?

Answer: Give us a call on 0115 911 7222 or email us at mail@ymwa.org.uk to speak about how we can best deliver a workshop to meet the needs of your organisation or school.