Launching Our WW1 Writing Competition for Young People, with Nidderdale AONB

Do you love writing? Are you between 7-16 years old? Then we have a competition just for you. Write a short story or poem about the First World War and you could win a prize,  as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘First World War and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: Leeds Pals, POWs and the Home Front’ project and in association with the Leeds Big Bookend.

Are you a budding writer with an interest in the First World War? Or do you work with young people who are studying the First World War?

This competition aims to encourage young people from Yorkshire to reflect on and write about the First World War – be it war at sea, theatres of war around the world or the war on the Home Front here in Yorkshire. Stories that reflect on the impact of the First World War on local people and places are encouraged.

Entries could be short stories, poem or verse, as long as they meet the terms of entry described here. The winning entries will be published on Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s and the Leeds Big Bookend’s websites and used in other displays and presentations as part of the First World War Centenary project.

You can find full details of the competition and download an application form here.


WW1 comp copy


Fiona Gell

Fiona is a lifelong reading enthusiast and book lover. Her career started as a bookseller and has never really veered away from the written and spoken word. It was a dream for her to be a founder member of The Leeds Big Bookend and the Northern Short Story Festival. She continues to be its Director.

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