The organisers of the Wicked Young Writers Award have launched a fan fiction category with teen entertainment website Sugarscape.
Launched by the production team behind the "Wicked" musical in 2010, the award encourages writing and creativity in young people aged five to 25.
The new Sugarscape Fan Fiction Award is for writers of fan fiction aged 14-25. Entrants can submit up to 750 words of fiction inspired by another piece of writing, a film, a character or a real person via the Sugarscape website. They can write on any theme but the website suggests focusing on romance or celebrity, writing an alternative ending to a favourite book, or writing from a villain’s perspective.
The Wicked Young Writers Award has five other categories for original pieces of writing; 5-7 years old, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17 and 18-25. Stories, poems and works of drama are all eligible.
This year, author Cressida Cowell is joining the line-up, along with Michael McCabe, the UK executive producer of "Wicked", and Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust.
A shortlist of 100 entrants will see their poem or story published in the Wicked Young Writers’ Award Anthology and will be invited to a prize ceremony at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in July. The overall winners from each category will win a VIP family experience to Wicked London, including a backstage tour and a cast meet-and-greet, £50 worth of book token and £100 worth of books for their school library donated by Hachette Children’s Books.
The winner of the fan fiction category will see their work published on Sugarscape, be offered lunch with the editor of Sugarscape, and also receive tickets to the Wicked VIP experience.