Young Writers Lost Words Writing Competition


Are you aged between 12-19 years old and love to write?

We have partnered up with the Northumbrian Words Project and New Writing North to bring you a new writing competition which offers young writers the chance to celebrate the North East dialect.

We’re inviting young writers, aged between 12 – 19 years old, to submit contemporary short stories between 500-1000 words in length which use The Word’s Word Bank of Lost Dialects as their inspiration.

The competition will open on Monday 28 October 2019 and the deadline for submissions will be midnight on Friday 28 February 2020.

The Word Bank of Lost Dialects is a collection of North East dialect words and phrases received by The Word during our popular Lost Dialects exhibition. These have been recorded and are accessible digitally to all entrants.

Entrants are expected to use the words and phrases to create a contemporary short story on any subject. Entries will be judged on the quality of the narrative as well as on the way they celebrate the North East dialect.

The winner will be announced on Saturday 6 June 2020 and the top 3 entries will receive vouchers worth £100, £50 and £25 respectively.

Entry is free (one entry per person) and all submissions must abide by the terms and conditions.

Please note: if you are 20 years or over you can enter our adults’ Lost Words Writing Competition.

If you require any further information, please email


Word Bank of Lost Dialects

You are able to download a digital copy below. Physical copies are available to purchase at Shop @ The Word for £3.

Sponsored by: 

Northumbrian Words Project


Delivered in partnership with:

New Writing North