Entry Criteria

To enter the Young Creative Awards you must be between the ages of 13 and 24 years old at the closing date of the competition (23 March 2018).

You must: Live, Work or Study in Nottingham. Please open this map to view the eligible area of ‘Nottingham’

Please note, if you do not meet the entry criteria your entry will not be considered.

Within each category, there are 3 age bands – each category is judged in each of the age ranges to make it as fair as possible:

  • 13 – 15 years old
  • 16 – 18 years old
  • 19 – 24 years old

You may enter as an individual, as a group, or as a class or study group, or club. If you are entering as a group, please let us know this on your application form and provide details of the main contact person.

You can enter in one or more of the 11 YCA categories, which are: Architecture and Design; Animation and Digital Media; Creative Writing; Dance; Fashion and Textiles; Film; Graphic Design; Music; Photography; Theatre and Visual Arts.

There isn’t a specific theme this year, but please check out the category descriptions above for any specific entry requirements.

In each age group and category, the panels will look for a winner, and entrants who are highly commended for the quality of the work submitted.

An overall winner across all the categories will be chosen and the winner announced as the Young Creative of the Year 2018 at the end of the awards ceremony in June. The winner in each category will receive a cash prize, plus mentoring and other opportunities. The Young Creative of The Year will receive an additional cash prize.

All cash prizes will be received at the end of the awards ceremony, this is taking place on Wednesday 23 May 2018, at the Nottingham Playhouse and all entrants are invited to attend.

Interested? Feel inspired? Learn more about submitting your entry by heading over to the categories section and choosing which category is best for you.

You can submit your entry anytime from Monday 8th January 2018 by visiting www.youngcreativeawards.org. The closing date for entries to the Young Creative Awards 2018 is Friday 23rd March 2018.

To find out more visit the individual category pages, or contact us.