Entry Criteria


The Young Creative Awards open for entries on 1 January 2021. The deadline is 11:59pm on Wednesday 21 April 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 (21 April 2021).

You must: Live, Work or Study in Nottingham. Please open this map to view the eligible area of Nottingham, as agreed by the Young Creatives Nottingham Board of Trustees and YCA Operations Group. This includes the city of Nottingham and the surrounding towns/villages of Arnold, Beeston, Carlton, Clifton, Eastwood, Hucknall, Kimberley, Ruddington, Stapleford and West Bridgford. This is the parts of the "Nottingham Urban Area" (defined by the Office for National Statistics) within Nottinghamshire.

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 Young Creative 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 expert judging panels will aim to select a winner for each age group. There will also be other shortlisted finalists who are highly commended for the quality of the work submitted. The winners will all receive a cash prize, plus training and mentoring opportunities. Finalists will receive certificates, plus training opportunities. 

All winners and finalists will also be featured in the annual Young Creative Awards brochure. To view the 2020 brochure (designed by 2019 Graphic Design winner Charlotte Ashley) follow this link.

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