Changing hearts and minds: Stonewall writing competition for young people aged between 14 and 17

Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality charity, has launched its first Young Writers’ Competition.

The theme of the competition is Changing Hearts and Minds.

Everyone taking part will be asked to compose a short story or poem which explores this theme in relation to the lives of LGBT people in the UK. You may want to write about the challenges still faced by the LGBT community or maybe you’d like to explore how society can help to improve the experiences of LGBT people.

The prizes
One person in each category will win 150 pounds of book tokens and will have their poem or short story published on The Guardian Children’s Books website for everyone to see!

Two runners up in each category will win £50 of book tokens.

The Judges

SJ Watson – The publishing rights to SJ’s debut novel Before I Go To Sleep have been sold in 42 different countries around the world. It has gone on to be an international bestseller and successful feature film starring Nicole Kidman.

Dean Atta – Dean is a writer and performance poet. He won the 2012 London Poetry Award and was named as one of the most influential LGBT people by the Independent on Sunday Pink List in the same year.

Ruth Hunt – A self-proclaimed ‘super-fan’ of LGBT Youth Fiction, Stonewall’s Chief Executive is really looking forward to reading your poems and short stories!

The competition is open to anyone who will be aged between 14 and 17 on the closing date which is 22 May 2015. You can enter one category, or both – the choice is yours!

Competition details

Age group: 14-17 year olds
Categories: Short story (fiction) and poetry
Theme: LGBT equality: Changing hearts and minds
Word count: 1000 words maximum
Deadline for entries: Friday 22 May
Winners announced: Monday 15 June
Submission details: Email entries to or post entries to: Stonewall Offices, Tower Building, York Road, London SE1 7NX

For full details follow this link: Stonewall Changing Hearts and Minds

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