The Atom Learning Young Author Award 2022

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The prizes! (the prizes are the same for both categories)


1st Place

  • A trip to Disneyland Paris for a family of four

  • A stack of novels

  • An illustrated book cover for your story, designed by a professional illustrator

  • £2,500 for your school


2nd Place

  • An overnight stay at London Zoo for a family of four, with travel covered

  • A stack of novels

  • £1,000 for your school


3rd Place

  • £250 voucher for Virgin Experience Days

  • A stack of novels

  • £500 for your school

The theme

The 2022 theme for Atom’s Young Author Award is A DAY THAT CHANGED THE WORLD.

Every day, our world is changing and impacting the lives of young people. Some of these changes are incredible, amazing feats that make the world a better place. Other changes are sadly less positive. We want our Young Authors to write a piece of original fiction about a day that changed the world. This theme can take your writing anywhere. Perhaps you or your main character…

  • Saved an endangered species?

  • Found a magical doorway to a better world or alternative reality?

  • Switched off the internet?

  • Discovered a solution to the climate crisis at the bottom of the sea?

  • Concocted a potion that made people fart embarrassingly loudly whenever they were angry?

  • Spoke to all of the world’s leaders to end world hunger and bring about world peace?

Whatever you decide to write about, we’re looking for a piece of writing that makes the reader thirsty to read more! Our judges are looking for a highly readable story with engaging characters, a compelling plot and a thought-provoking message.


I have some questions about the competition. Who do I contact?

You can contact our competition team on [email protected]

How will entries be judged?

We’re looking for high-quality writing, creative flair, and a compelling storyline. Entries will be judged by our team of teachers and curriculum specialists.

Can I submit non-fiction writing?

Not this time! We’re looking for original fiction: stories that are inspired by the theme ‘A day that changed the world’.

Can my parent or an adult help me with my entry?

No - we want to hear from you! The entry you submit must be all your own work.

How do I submit my entry?

You can enter by clicking the button below. All submissions must be made through this form. You can either type your entry and submit it as a Word document or PDF, or handwrite your entry and upload a scan or photo of it.

Are multiple entries allowed?

You can only enter the competition once.

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