Contest For Young Writers

For those students who’ve just handed in stories for assignments, and are feeling particularly confident, you might consider taking it further and submitting your work to the contest being run by Gentlemen Press – a small press publisher based in Birmingham. They aren’t offering payment, but winners will be published in their anthology, and receive free copies of the publication – as well as being invited to attend the launch. However, the contest is limited to writers 21 and under (based anywhere in the UK). It also has specific guidelines regarding subject matter. They say:

The title of the anthology is Objection to Perfection and entrants are encouraged to use this title as a starting point for their pieces. Below you will find a list of topics that you can focus on for your short story. The winners will be the most creative writers whether it’s writing in email or texting format or submitting a story that is backwards this is a chance to play with your words.

Body image
Friends and relationships
Beliefs and tradition
Values and expectations
Bullying and repression/oppression
School and education

You can find out more on the Gentlemen Press website here: