Athenaeum Liverpool


The Frank Moran Young Writers Competition

Entries are now being received for the 18th edition of the Frank Moran Young Writers Competition. The annual writing award (formally the Athenaeum Writer In Residence Award, before it was renamed after its founder), is held by the Athenaeum, in partnership with the Liverpool Echo & Radio Merseyside, is the premier writing competition for young people across Merseyside. Full details of the competition, and how to enter can be found below.


The Award includes;

  • Designation as Writer – In – Residence for one year.
  • Prize of £1,000.00.
  • Publication of the winning entry in the Liverpool Echo
  • An Opportunity to produce and publish two articles, essays or poems via BBC Radio Merseyside & The Liverpool Echo.
  • Honorary Membership of the Athenaeum for one year including access to the Library.
  • An Invitation for the winner and their parents/guardians to attend The Athenaeum Annual Dinner.


In addition to the £1,000.00 prize, The Athenaeum will donate £100.00 to the school of the winner, to be used for the purchase of books for the School Library. Towards the end of his or her year, we will expect from the winner an appropriate report on the year’s activities and rewards.


The award is open to all young people who will be between the ages of 16 and 19 on the 6th December, the final date for the receipt of entries.


How to enter

Writers are invited to submit an example of some 1,000 – 1,200 words of original prose which can be in the form of a short story, a travel essay or something about which they feel passionate. It may be serious or amusing. What the judges are looking for is an example of their work which they are proud to have written. Entries can be submitted via the form below. Alternatively, entries can be received by post. Electronic copies must be sent as PDF or Word files.


The Closing date for entries is Friday 6th December 2019.


 The Selection Process

The judges will select finalists in December, with the chosen writers being invited to a reception at The Athenaeum in mid-January 2020.

The finalists will be invited to write a further piece of 1000-1200 words, the subject to be announced at the finalists’ reception. Entries will be required to be submitted by 7 February 2020.

The winner of the Award will be announced at The Athenaeum in February/March 2020

The winning entry and other finalists’ entries will be published in the Liverpool Echo & announced on Radio Merseyside.


For further information contact: The Athenaeum, Church Alley, Liverpool, L1 3DD. Tel: 0151 709 7770



Frank Moran Young Writers Competition 19-20

Apply online now to this year's competition for your chance to win the £1,000.00 grand prize!
  • Please input your full name.
  • Please enter your home address
  • Please enter your date of birth.
  • Please enter your email address
  • Please enter a contact number
  • Please enter the name of the School or College you attend.
  • Please provide a brief detail of your writing experience
  • Accepted file types: pdf, docx, doc.
    Please upload your entry in word or pdf format.