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the awards



The first year of the Young Norwich Creative Awards in 2023 was a huge success, attracting nearly 200 entries from 16-25-year-olds living, working or studying in Norwich!


This year we're adding 3 new awards, meaning we now offer a total of 8 prizes, worth over £8,000!


The awards are for the best entries in: There are eight award categories: Film, Digital Arts, Performance, Music, Fashion & Textiles, Visual Art, Writing and Freemen's


To enter you must be 16-25 years old and living, working or studying in Norwich. Your work must be original and all your own work. You may enter as many awards and as many times as you like.


Awards open for entry on 24 April and close Monday 10th June 2024 at 9am.


Winners will be announced at a special event at the Norwich Arts Centre in July.

The award for


We are looking for:

  • A short film – maximum 5 minutes, delivered as an mp4

  • This could be any style of film making including narrative, non-narrative or documentary.

  • Please ensure you give credits for writer, director, sound, performers as appropriate. 


The award for

Digital Art

Create a new piece of artwork using only digital technology. This may include a process that leads to a drawing, sculpture, painting, photograph, animation, or film.


The award for


We are looking for:

  • Audio or video recording of the entrant’s performance (maximum 5 minutes).

  • The performance could include dance, comedy, circus skills or acting but is not limited in any way. 

  • Please ensure you give credits for writer, director, sound, filmmaker as appropriate.  


The award for

Visual art

We are looking for submissions of a piece of work created using any artistic medium, such as paint, ceramics, 3D or digital. You must submit photographs of this and, if appropriate, the exact dimensions of your piece.


The award for

fashion & Textiles

Your entry should include:

  • Photographs of the outfit, garment or accessory you have designed and made (this can include shoes, hats, bags, jewellery, or other fashion accessories);

  • and/or photographs of original textile designs (print, embroidery, weave, knit etc.).

  • Evidence of the process you took from your initial inspiration or concept, through idea generation and refinement of those ideas, to your final design.

  • Entrants are encouraged to show examples of the type of materials and fabrics used for their design, although this not compulsory.


The award for


We are looking for a song or musical composition that is no longer than five minutes. We would like all entrants to accompany their music with the following:

  • A lyric sheet (if your piece uses lyrics).

  • What instruments you would use to perform the piece in a live environment.

  • If you are using samples or ideas from elsewhere, please include and credit the source(s) and why you chose to use them to enhance the piece.


The award for


We are looking for submissions of one of the following, delivered as a Word document or mp3 audio file:

  • A poem – maximum 100 lines

  • A short story or script – maximum 3000 words

  • Blog post – maximum 1000 words

  • A piece of factual journalism – maximum 2000 words


Norwich freemen's award for


This award is for potential development of an idea to start up or develop a creative business in the city. There is no theme or specific brief, it is your creativity we want to see expressed, so do please think outside of the box and create something that inspires you, others – and us. The submission should include:

  • A PowerPoint presentation of 10 slides or less containing:

  • A Business Plan (1000 words max, mp3 audio file accepted) detailing your idea, marketing, budget and plans for the first six months.

How to enter

How to Enter

Submissions for the Young Norwich Creative Awards should include completion of the online entry form and a link to a Google Drive containing digital copies of your work. All work must be completely original.

This is a project to demonstrate the levels of creative ambition of the young people in Norwich. Please tell us where your inspiration has come from and how you created the work, as this will also be considered as part of the judging process. Please include this as a Word document (400 words max) or mp3 audio file within your Google Drive folder.

In the spirit of this award, we would ask that the work not be explicitly profane or designed to cause offence.

Thanks for entering and good luck!

 Winners will be informed by Monday 3 July and invited to an evening of celebration on Wednesday 5 July 2023.

The judges’ decision is final.

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