Entry criteria


The awards are now closed for 2020 and will re-open for entries in early 2021. To enter the Young Creative Awards you must be between the ages of 11 and 24 years old at the closing date of the competition.

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 three age bands – each category is judged in each of the age ranges to make it as fair as possible:

  • 11 – 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:

There is no longer a specific theme or brief to the awards so you can enter work on any theme or subject of your choice. However, please check out the category descriptions above for category-specific entry requirements.

In each category the panels will aim to select a winner for each age group. There will also be other entrants who are highly commended for the quality of the work submitted. The winners will all receive a cash prize, plus mentoring and other opportunities. Those highly commended will receive certificates.

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