Writing the Pandemic: Manchester's young voices

In collaboration with the Centre for New Writing, Creative Manchester is inviting students at Manchester high schools and colleges to send in their written responses to life in lockdown, for the chance to win prizes.

From 22 May 2020 to 26 June 2020

Partners: Centre for New Writing

Have you been stuck at home?
Have you noticed the world changing around you?
And your world too?
Have you been writing about lockdown? Would you like to write about this “new normal”?

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Students at Manchester high schools and colleges are invited to send in their responses to life in lockdown. Entries can be letters, poems, short stories or reports, up to one page in length.

What do Manchester’s young people think? Entries will be posted to a special supplement issue of leading international arts journal, The Manchester Review.

Put your feelings into words

To be part of this project, all you need to do is email your response to life in lockdown to: creative@manchester.ac.uk with the subject header: Writing the Pandemic.


The deadline to submit your writing is 5pm, Friday 26 June 2020.


There will be prizes for the ten best entries, including books and mentorship sessions with professional writers.


All writers’ work will be read and judged by professional writers at The University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing, led by acclaimed poet, Professor John McAuliffe.


If you are looking for inspiration for your work, see Centre for New Writing student Lauren Valensky’s poem Testing Times, BBC News' feature on how letter-writing has revived during the pandemic, some starting points for creative writing, and a blog post about one student's creative responses to his life.