The hunt is on for the next Plymouth Young City Laureate: calling all young people in the city aged 14-19 years, with a passion for sharing stories. Paid commissions are offered. You could be the next Plymouth Young City Laureate from January to December 2023!

We have teamed up with Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Culture and the  With Flying Colours project to reach aspiring young writers in the city between the ages of 14 and 19.

The Plymouth Young City Laureate is an important role. The chosen young writer will be commissioned to create work to celebrate special events or occasions in the city as well as being invited to perform in libraries, schools and at festivals.

In 2023, for the first time, the Young City Laureateship offers paid writing commissions – three in the year – each worth £50. We will invite you to perform at least two events across the year, sharing the stage with guest writers that we will help you select.

We invite applications from individuals and via schools or colleges.

Find out how to apply here.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are submitting on behalf of a school class or group, please email a single zipped folder either directly to or via WeTransfer. Each individual entry should include the entrant’s name and the name of the school (for administrative purposes).

Closing date: midnight on Sunday 27th November 2022.

The Young City Laureate will be announced in January 2023.

Holly Peters is the current holder of the Mayflower 400 Plymouth Young City Laureate title, she said: “Although I could never have imagined what the world would be like during my time as Plymouth’s Mayflower 400 Young City Laureate, it has been the most valuable experience for me as a writer. The role has allowed me to learn about many important cultures and fascinating people as well as develop my craft as a poet and my confidence as a person. Plymouth is a vibrant city with a lively art sector, which I’m honoured to have been a part of it and I am extremely grateful to Literature Works and Plymouth City Council for granting me this opportunity.”

Councillor Dave Downie, Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills and Children and Young People said: “We have some incredibly talented young people in Plymouth and this is a fantastic opportunity. I’m really pleased the Council is working with Literature Works to support this fantastic project.”

Helen Chaloner, CEO of Literature Works said: “The Young City Laureate is a great initiative for Plymouth and one of which the city can be rightfully proud. It’s not every city that supports and encourages the creativity and expression of young voices in this way. The partnership with Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Culture and With Flying Colours shows a commitment to nurturing young writing talent which will pay dividends. We can’t wait to see who comes forward.”

Hannah Harris Chief Executive of Plymouth Culture said: “As the sector support organisation for the creative and cultural industries in Plymouth, and being part of the partnership between Literature Works and The Box that supports the City Laureate of Word programme, Plymouth  Culture sees the Plymouth Young City Laureate 2022 as another strong opportunity to explore and challenge Plymouth’s history, culture and people through writing. We are most excited to do so through a young voice that will  bring new views to the city’s life and stories while developing her/his skills and creative practice.”

Jess Blackledge from the With Flying Colours project said: “We are supporting the Young City Laureate project because we see potential in young people when it comes to the arts, we want to support Plymouth-based projects to expand the reach of arts offers to as many young people as possible. WFC is a Plymouth Cultural Education Project and one of our outcomes is to develop this PCEP network to become a strong body which has impact and reach. Supporting this initiative is a fantastic way to develop the PCEP and to enable schools, teachers, young people to connect with arts and cultural organizations across their city.”