About the prize

Inspiring, encouraging and acknowledging the creativity of young people is a common goal for the online educational community IGGY and Litro Magazine, who have joined together for the seventh year of the IGGY and Litro Young Writers’ Prize. This competition is open to creative 13-18 year olds all over the world. The theme this year is Memory. Stories must be no more than 2500 words in length.

The Prize

  • The winner will receive a £1,000 cash prize.
  • The winning short story will be published on IGGY.net and in Litro Magazine.
  • Further prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the judges
  • Entries open: Monday 3rd October 2016
  • Closing date: 09:00 GMT Friday 20th January 2017
  • Shortlist announced: Wednesday 29th March 2017
  • Winner announced: Wednesday 26th April 2017
  • All shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend the awards ceremony at the iconic Shard building in London

Free IGGY Membership

IGGY is the University of Warwick’s social educational network for the brightest young people all over the world.

All eligible 13–18 year olds submitting a story will automatically receive free IGGY membership giving them access to exciting educational content and access to other like-minded young people across the globe!

Join IGGY, a community of like-minded individuals.

About IGGY

IGGY is an international, social and educational network for the brightest 13 – 18 year olds in the world. It gives members access to interactive educational resources and allows them to work with top academics, student mentors and other gifted young people across the globe to exchange ideas, debate, learn and explore in a safe environment. IGGY focuses on providing stretching content in Maths, English, Science, History, Politics and Life Skills but also covers a wide range of other subjects. IGGY content covers a range of formats – from quick quizzes to longer video courses and podcast series. IGGY has been built around the concept of gamification and awards points, badges and occasionally prizes to reward learning and engagement.

As someone who has studied creative writing and English at university myself, I am just completely overwhelmed by the quality and the shear incisiveness the individuals have shown Ken Sloan, University of Warwick, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer
While the interpretation of the theme has been unique with every piece, the quality has been consistently outstanding. I often had to keep reminding myself of just how young our entrants are, and our final selection includes stories that writers of twice our entrants age would struggle to beat. Tim Leach, 2014-15 Head Judge
Writing for me is a creative outlet, I write when I have something to talk about, when I feel upset, if I am really happy, I feel like I can write when I have quite extreme emotions Rianna Davis, IGGY and Litro Young Writers’ Prize 2014-15 Shortlist
I like writing because it is a way of reinventing the world around you Ella Holliday, IGGY and Litro Young Writers’ Prize 2014-15 Shortlist
As an Editor of a literary magazine, I continue to be pleasantly surprised by the high quality, creativity and imagination of the brilliant young minds entering our Prize - year in year out. Eric Akoto, Editor in Chief, Litro Magazine