Poetry and creative writing has seen a decline in popularity for many years, but with the digital age now upon us, resurgence in its popularity may be coming about with websites such as www.movellas.com and www.wattpad.com becoming very popular with the creative youth.
You would probably assume that very few young people enjoy and participate in creative writing, but judging by the number of participators and readers of Movellas and Wattpad, you’d be pleasantly surprised.
Check out Wattpad and you’ll see 20,000+ teenagers writing poetry with 100,000+ reading the work and over on Movellas there are 20+ new poems uploads by young adults every day and the most popular piece has been read 15,000+ times! Very promising indeed.
Movellas was launched in Denmark in 2010 and had its own UK version since February 2012. All different kinds of creative writing are encouraged here, not just poetry, including- fan fiction, fantasy, romance, journalism, adventure and more.
They are currently running a competition to unearth new, young talent with their Young Movellist of the Year, the top prize is a publishing contract with Random House, £2000 and a Sony Reader. Runners up prizes include Malorie Blackman’s entire teen backlist, a Sony Reader, afternoon tea with Malorie Blackman and a mentoring session with a professional writer.
To enter, all you have to do is log in, or create an account, and upload the first 3 chapters of your story for feedback and advice from other readers. Once you have received and considered your pieces’ feedback you may decide to make some changes, once you are happy with your work then you need to email your FULL novel (40,000+) to firstname.lastname@example.org to be in with a change of winning.
Wattpad was launched in 2006 in Canada and is now the self-described “best place to discover and share stories” much like a YouTube for readers/ writers. As well as poetry, users can write stories on a place them in the various genres e.g. romance, teen fiction, action, paranormal, humour and more.
Wattpad runs a few competitions each year; one called the Watty Awards which are for novelists and another for poetry writers called The Attys, which was launched only last year!
The Attys, named after the Canadian novelist and poet Margaret Adwood, asks for entrants to submit either a single poem or a collection of 10 poems, with each one demonstrating a different poetic form, depending on their level of poem writing.
The prizes on offer included $1000, feedback on the writers work from Margaret Adwood, a Google Nexus tablet, signed certificates from Margaret Adwood and more.