The Manchester Children’s Book Festival and its partner organisations present a number of competitions for schools and young people.


The Portico Prize for Young Writers

An opportunity for young writers aged between 14-18 to become Young Portico Laureates. Nominees should have already shown some talent for writing and be genuinely interested in developing this.

  • Expressions of interest by
    Tuesday 8th May 2012.

  • Nominations by Monday 14th May.

Click here to download the details.

Contact: or tel +44(0)161 236 6785


Mother Tongue Other Tongue

Mother Tongue Other Tongue is a poetry competition that celebrates cultural diversity and the many languages currently spoken in secondary schools across the North West of England.

Get more information about Mother Tongue Other Tongue.

Closing date · Monday 28th May 2012

Open to young people aged between 12 and 18 (school years 7-13)

Presentation of prizes at MCBF Family Fun Day on Saturday 30th June 2012 by Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy


All Write! 2012

Inviting original creative writing in any genre on any topic in any language.

Get more information about All Write! 2012.

Closing date · Monday 4th June 2012

For ages 8 – 12 (school years 5, 6 and 7) – ideal for use in school transition projects

Presented by the Manchester Children’s Book Festival and the Manchester Writing School at MMU.


The Poetry of Art

A competition that invites 8-16 year olds to respond artistically to poems that will be performed at the Carol Ann Duffy and Company event on Thursday 5th July.

Winning pieces of art will be exhibited at the Festival and will provide the back-drop to this exciting event. Artist-led workshops will be offered to participating schools.

Details will be emailed to schools signed up on the MCBF mailing list. In the meantime, contact:

Open to young people aged between 8 and 16.