Calling all young writers for the Young Festival Critics Competition


As part of Newbury’s Spring Festival May 12 to 26, budding writers are invited to see a performance, write a review, and enter the Young Festival Critics Competition.

Becoming a Young Festival Critic is a great way for young people to indulge their love of live music, hone writing skills and enhance CVs and university applications.

Open to those from age 15 to 25, the scheme offers the opportunity to see a performance in many of the great locations in and around Newbury, write a short review and have it judged by a professional panel from the media and music world. There are cash prizes to be won – £100 first prize with two runner up prizes of £50.

This year’s judges are

Jessica Isaacs – Head of Production, BBC Radio 3
Kate Green – Deputy Editor, Country Life
Trish Lee – Arts Editor, Newbury Weekly News
Rebecca Johns – Albion Media

Tickets for Festival events are free for 15 to 25 year olds. They can be booked by calling the box office on 0845 5218 218 or in person at the Corn Exchange, Newbury.

Reviews need to be no longer than 250 words.

For all the official details, and how to enter, click here.