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To all young aspiring sports journalists, poets, storytellers, comedians, analysts and so many more, Surrey CCC are hosting a Young Writers’ Competition across the length of 2022.

Hone your writing skills and tell your stories about our great game through the 2022 Surrey County Cricket Club Young Writers’ Competition.

We’re offering young cricket fans in Surrey and beyond the opportunity to have their work published on the Club website, learn more about working in cricket media and interview a Surrey player.

The competition runs in two blocks: in-season and off-season – and with the summer hotting up, our portal is now open for new in-season entries. Closing date is 1st October.

There are three age categories and two separate categories for forms of writing, so there’s a chance for everyone to demonstrate their love of the game and the written word. This competition is open to all, there is no requirement to be a Surrey Member in order to enter.

The winners from each category will get their articles published and receive a certificate and a Surrey pen, as well as being entered into a prize draw at the end of the season. Winners will be contacted ahead of seeing their work published on kiaoval.com with a full credit.

They will also be through to the final competition at the end of the calendar year, when the best piece of work in each category will earn its writer further prizes.

Here, for inspiration, are the winners from the off-season stage:

The Unstoppable Rise of Jamie Smith – by Drew Murphy
The Greatest Catch Ever – by Nate Campbell
Hobbs’ Last Hundred – by Adam Snook

Writing can fit into one of two categories:

Sports reporting: 300 – 500 words of a match report, player profile, interview or news story that is relevant to cricket in Surrey at any level.

Anything else: Let your imagination run wild! Short stories, poems, graphic stories, fan fiction or anything else. Fiction or non-fiction, take your pick! Writing in this category can be as long or short as you like.

The age categories are as follows:

  • Under 16 (on 1st January, 2022)
  • 16 – 21 (on 1st January, 2022)
  • 22 – 25 (on 1st January, 2022)

Enter via the form below:

Young Writers’ Competition

Terms and conditions: The competition will be judged by Surrey County Cricket Club staff. By submitting your entry, you give consent for your work to be published on kiaoval.com with full named credit. Under 18s are requested to submit a parent or guardian’s contact details rather than their own. Ensure you enter the correct age category, any entries found to be submitted to the wrong category will be disqualified. Interview & behind the scenes media opportunity at The Kia Oval subject to the agreement of a suitable date for all parties. Winners will be contacted via email.