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How To Enter

You need to be between 5 and 18 on 31st March 2020 to enter and live in the Marple area (including Marple Bridge, Mellor, Hawk Green, Strines and Mill Brow) or have a connection with Marple such as attending a club or going to school in the area.

All you need to do is:

  • Write a short story, poem, prose, blog or comic on any theme.
  • Stories, poems, prose and blogs to be no longer than 750 words - but they can be shorter.
  • Comics to be no longer than 4 sides of A4 paper - but can be shorter. Comics will be judged on the story and word craft, not the artwork.
  • Your work can be handwritten or typed.
  • Please do not put your name on your entry. Only put your name on the entry form.
  • You can enter as many pieces as you like but you can only win one prize.
  • You can include a picture if you like but these will not be taken into account by the Competition judges.
  • Entry to the competition is free.

Once you have finished your piece, complete the entry form (if you are under 16 please ask a parent or guardian to sign this), then send it to:

See below for full entry rules.

Age Categories

5 — 7

8 — 10

11 — 14

15 —18


To be Awarded by Local YA Author, Paul Morris, at an award ceremony at Marple Library.

1st Prize in Each Category

  • A Printed Copy of the Competition Anthology
  • Work to be displayed in Marple Stationery Supplies Shop window
  • a Stabilo Prize Pack
  • a Goody Bag of Gifts and Vouchers from Local Businesses.


Runner-up Prizes - four in each category

  • A Printed Copy of the Competition Anthology.

Marple Young Writers' Competition Rules

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  1. Entry into the Marple Young Writers’ Competition (MYWC) is free.

  2. Entrants must live in the Marple area (including Marple Bridge, Mellor, Hawk Green, Strines and Mill Brow) or have a connection with Marple such as attending a club or going to school in the area.

  3. Entrants can submit multiple entries but no competitor may win more than one prize.

  4. Stories, poems, prose and blogs must not exceed 750 words, but can be shorter, and comics no more than four sides of A4. Entries may be accompanied by illustrations by the author, but these will not be taken into account by the Competition judges.

  5. Work can be handwritten or typed. All work must be in English. After the competition has been judged, entries can be picked up from Marple Stationery Supplies up to four weeks after the Award ceremony.

  6. Work may be on any theme but should be original and not have been previously published.

  7. The author's name must not appear on any work but should be entered on the Entry Form above. If the name is on the entry we will Tipp-Ex it out so the judges can’t see it.

  8. Entrants must select the age category they fall into on the closing date of 31st March 2020. Age categories are: ages 5-7, ages 8-10, ages 11-14, ages 15-18.

  9. Entrants under 16 years of age must have permission to enter the Competition from a parent or guardian who will be required to agree to these Rules before entering into the Competition by signing the entry form.

  10. Each entrant retains the copyright in his or her entry. However each entrant grants to MYWC a perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free licence to publish, broadcast, communicate and make available the entry in all media and in all formats throughout the world, including but not limited to (i) publishing the entry in the Anthology, (ii) publishing the entry on the Budding Writers’ Website, and (iii) publishing the entry elsewhere online and on any other platforms (whether now known or yet to be envisaged). This licence will be deemed to include all the necessary rights and permissions to enable such use by MYWC, to fulfill the prizes and to complete the administration of the Competition.

  11. Entrants to the Competition consent to the use by MYWC of their name, age to announce the winners of the Competition and to identify entrants in any publication of an entry in accordance with the Rules. Entrants also consent to the use of their personal information by MYWC to contact Finalists and prize winners, to verify compliance with the Rules and for administration of the Competition. Finalists and Winners may be requested to take part in publicity for the Award and the Competition, but only if they wish to do so.

  12. Judges: Paul Morris, Susie Busby and Phil Busby.
    It is not necessary to have good spelling or perfect grammar to enter the Competition. Entries will be judged on originality and creativity, rather than how they are executed. The decision of the Competition judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  13. All category winners and runners-up will be invited to attend an Awards Ceremony at Marple Library. The date, time and location of the Awards ceremony will be notified in advance. If a finalist cannot attend the Ceremony, this will not affect their eligibility for the Award.  No cash alternative is available for any prize.

The Marple Young Writers Competition (MYWC) is run by Budding Writers and Marple Stationery Supplies. Any questions concerning the Rules or the Competition may be directed to:

Please email your entry and entry form to:

Or you can post it to:

Marple Young Writer's Competition
C/O The Writers Bureau
8-10 Dutton Street
Manchester, M3 1LE

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