“I learnt to write by writing… I got out into the world, I wrote, and I became a better writer the more I wrote, and I wrote some more, and nobody ever seemed to mind that I was making it up as I went along”

Neil Gaiman

How do you see the world? How would you ‘write’ the world? Through a story, or a poem, or a creative non-fiction essay written in the first person? Through a combination of words and pictures, a graphic novel, say?

Would you conjure up imaginary worlds, with fantastical creatures? Or would you set a narrative within familiar surroundings, like your school or neighbourhood, or the beach?

Whether we love poetry or prose, whether we write from observation, emotion or imagination, or (best of all) a combination of these, whether we make magic through putting words with images, we all are natural storytellers.

That’s why the Scribblers Festival is inviting you―all you poets, storytellers, graphic novelists, comic strip creatives, and essayists―to enter the very first Golden Pen Awards.

Launching in October, The Golden Pen is a writing competition for budding young writers, with some great prizes up for grabs. There will be two aged-based categories – 12-14 and 15-17. The entry form, prizes and guidelines will be published soon, so stay tuned for more details!

key dates

Entries Open: 18 October 2018
Entries Close: 31 March 2019
Shortlist Announced: 15 April 2019
Winners Announced: 11 May 2019
(Scribblers Festival)