News: Wicked Writers: Be The Change Competition Launch

January 22, 2024
News: Wicked Writers: Be The Change  Competition Launch

Wicked Writers: Be The Change will launch on Monday 29th January. The writing competition devised by The National Literacy Trust and Wicked the Musical is a competition for young writers, inspiring the UK’s school children to get creative and use their voices to change the world for the better.

Now in its second year, the competition is based on the themes of one of the well-known songs in the musical ‘For Good’ and this year it challenges young people (aged between 9-14) to write persuasively about a positive environmental change they want to see.

 Joining this year’s judging panel is best-selling author M. G. Leonard, best known for ‘Beetle Boy’, the ‘Adventures on Trains’ mystery series, and ‘The Twitchers’ wildlife detectives. She is one of the founding authors of Authors4Oceans, with Lauren St John, campaigning to reduce single-use plastics. Her latest book, ‘The Ice Children’ was published in November 2023.

As well as M.G. Leonard, the panel will also include teacher-influencer Holly King-Mand, Wicked Executive Producer Michael McCabe and National Literacy Trust CEO Jonathan Douglas CBE. One winner and one runner-up will be selected in each category (Years 5-6 and Years 7-9). All 16 shortlisted pupils will see their work published in an anthology and receive a bundle of brand-new books for their school. Winners and runners-up will receive class tickets to see the acclaimed musical Wicked at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, with the two winning pupils also receiving writing workshops in their schools with judge M. G. Leonard.

Michael McCabe, Executive Producer of Wicked in the UK, commented: “In launching the second year of our ‘Wicked Writers: Be the Change’ schools’ competition, we’re proud to continue our partnership with the National Literacy Trust and assist in promoting literacy in the UK. We’re especially pleased that this year’s competition is focusing on the environment, providing a vital platform for young people to express their concerns and ideas for the future.”

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