"Thanks for organising such an inspiring competition; all the children were motivated and highly engaged in writing a piece that meant something to them."Teacher, 2023 Competition
The competition is now open and comes complete with a full set of learning resources combining engaging persuasive writing lesson plans and content to inspire your students.
Entry to the competition is open to all UK schools and entries will be judged anonymously in two age categories:
- ages 9 to 11 (KS2/P6, P7)
- ages 11 to 14 (KS3/S1, S2, S3)
Enter your students to be in with a chance of winning a range of exciting prizes that will be awarded to winners, runners up and shortlisted students.
The closing deadline for entries is 11 March 2024.
Enter the competition using the submission form below.
Open to all UK schools, for students aged 9 to 14.
Entries must engage with the environmental theme.
Teachers can submit an unlimited number of entries
Entries must be submitted in a typed Word document or PDF. Do not include students' names on the entry.
There is a word limit of 300 words for the younger age category (9 to 11), and 500 words for the older age category (11 to 14)
A winner and runner up will be chosen in each age category. Shortlisted students will have a chance to be published in the Wicked Writers Anthology.
"When I heard I had come first in the competition, I was overjoyed… I am so excited to see Wicked with all my classmates."Winner, Younger Category, 2023
- Four schools will receive free class tickets to see the stage musical Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London, including a travel subsidy.
- Two winning schools will receive free writing workshops in school.
- 16 shortlisted schools will receive a book bundle.
- 16 shortlisted students will see their writing in print in a publication which will be distributed to their schools.
Entries will be judged by a fantastic judging panel, including children's author M. G. Leonard, teacher-influencer Holly King-Mand, Wicked Executive Producer Michael McCabe and National Literacy Trust CEO Jonathan Douglas CBE.
In partnership with Wicked Active Learning
Praised by educators as “the gold standard for West End shows reaching out into education” and “enriching, engaging, and easy to use”, Wicked Active Learning is the London stage musical’s cultural and social education programme.
“Packed with content that mirrors the framework for personal development” (Belleville Primary School), Wicked provides a range of free classroom resources and lesson plans, a popular programme of official workshops, and post-show Q&As to maximise the educational value and learning potential of school trips to experience the award-winning musical.
The in-house Wicked Active Learning education team are on hand to provide expert advice and school trip planning support, including materials to assist in the completion of risk assessments.