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York Literature Festival Creative Composition Competition


It’s back! Compose an original short story or poem for the York Literature Festival’s Creative Composition Competition.

Open to young writers and poets aged 18 years and under as of 31 August, 2022. This year, composers have the option to submit their work in writing, or in a tiktok!


This year’s competition theme for entries is, “Cure”. Short stories should not be longer than 1,500 words. Poems should not be longer than 30 lines. Tiktoks must not exceed 3 minutes’ duration.

The deadline for entries to arrive at The Mount is 12noon on Sunday, 27 March 2022. Winners will be contacted between 25 – 30 April and invited to a prize-giving ceremony at The Mount on Sunday 8 May.

Rules and Terms

For the full Rules and Prize Terms, see here: YLF 2022 Competition