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The Lowry Creative Writing Challenge


The Lowry Creative Writing Challenge is a competition for children.

Categories include:

Poetry including spoken word, limericks & rap.

Script/Play text including solo or group performance, plays for stage & radio.

Short Story including fiction & short stories

This challenge showcases the amazing talent that Greater Manchester has to offer and we look forward to seeing this year’s finalists on our Quays Theatre Stage.



Who is it for?


Open to children aged 7-11 living in Greater Manchester.

We aim for the challenge to be accessible for all and will accept entries in a variety of formats.

If you have any specific questions about access needs please contact . Please do not submit more than one entry per child per category.


How to Enter


We can accept entries online or via the post and these can be written, typed, audio files and videos. The Lowry will be unable to return or keep submissions so please keep your own copy on entering.

By entering, you agree for the entry to be used in any associated publicity by The Lowry. An adult can enter online for the participant.

Deadline: 12pm – 26th April 2024

Celebration event for shortlisted entries: 10th June

Judges: After the completion deadline we will have a two round judging process. Exciting news about the judges to be announced here soon!

Successful entrants will be contacted on 20th May 2024.



Option One: Enter Online

Online Application


Option Two: Enter via Post

Address The Lowry Creative Writing Challenge, The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ

Information Name and age of child, Title of work, Address of child, Name of teacher, parent, carer, or guardian sending the work, Name of school or if home educated, Contact telephone number, Contact email address


Option Three: Teachers submitting for group of pupils

Email if you have more than 5 entries that you would like to submit.


Celebration Event

We look forward to seeing this year’s finalists on our Quays Theatre Stage for the Celebration event at The Lowry on 10th June 2024.

Rehearsals will take place for this event the week commencing 3rd June at The Lowry.

Children will work with a team of our specialist facilitators that regularly work with children to ensure they have developed their confidence and performance skills to get them ready for the event. Children will be fully supported throughout.

Children will be either perform their work themselves or their work can be performed on their behalf. Infront of Family, Friends and Teachers.

Creative Writing Challenge Celebration Event

What you can win

In each category there will be winners and runners up who will receive a prize.

Shortlisted children will also receive feedback from a professional judging panel.






2023 Winners and runners-up

The Lowry Creative Writing Challenge Video


Who supports The Creative Writing Challenge?

The competition has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Beryl Jones, who along with her husband Trevor is a Gold Patron of The Lowry.

Mike Leyland – National Literacy Trust

‘We are delighted to partner with the Lowry on the Creative Writing Challenge. We know from our own research that writing helps children to express themselves with 1 in 2 children saying they write to be creative. We hope this exciting competition will inspire children across Salford with their writing and reading, supporting them to develop the literacy skills they need to succeed in life.’

The Lowry delivery partners are National Literacy Trust, University of Salford, and Salford Community Leisure, with additional support from Williams BMW.

Williams BMW


If you need any further help or information please email

Learning Resources


The Lowry offers creative writing workshops with literacy professionals from poets, storytellers, script writers and more. If you would like to book a workshop for your class please contact for further information or visit our Creative Learning page.