The University of Plymouth’s English and Creative Writing department are pleased to present their annual  Planet Plymouth writing competition.

This year’s theme is PlasticHumanAnimal

They will be rewarding the best young writers in the UK who are passionate about the environment, using this year’s theme.

Send in your poetry, short stories, or non-fictional essays exploring the relationship between human beings, the things we have created and animals.


Choose a work of literature in English and answer the question: ‘How does it explore the cost of human interactions with the natural world?’ in a non-fictional essay.


£150 for best poem

£150 for best short story

£150 for the best non-fictional essay

Winning entries will be published on the department’s website.


How to enter

You must be a secondary school or college student aged 18 or under, studying in the UK.

You can submit a maximum of TWO entries.

Poems should be no more than 100 lines, short stories should be under 1000 words and essays should be 1500 words or under.

Work that has been published elsewhere will not be accepted.


Entries should be emailed with an accompanying entry form in Microsoft Word Document format, clearly labelled with your name and the title of your work to by no later than 5 pm on 2nd December 2019. Title your email ‘PlasticHumanAnimal’

Winners will be announced in early February. Prizes will be awarded in Amazon vouchers.

Further essential information can be found on the University of Plymouth website.