The Book Competition

Showcase your creative talent, and get published

The Academy’s National Book Competition occurs annually during the academic year. It is designed to encourage students from across the UK to “have a go" and enter a short essay, blog, or story. Each year we will publish a book with these student submissions and send it to 3,000 schools, leading employers, universities, and the media.

Put your Imagination to the Test

Get your essay published

A once in a life time opportunity to get your creative essay published in a book. The book will be distributed to schools across the UK, top universities, and employers within industry.

Push yourself out of your comfort zone

As mentioned The Academy would like to encourage all students “ to have a go”, there is no right or wrong!

Build your portfolio

All students who submit an essay will get a certificate of participation issued by The Academy. You will have something different to show to boost your CV, making you stand out in future applications, especially if you get published.

How to participate in The Book Competition in 4 simple steps

Please Note: Application submission are now closed for the academic year 2021/2022. However you can sign up and register to receive information about the next one.

STEP 1: Sign up to participate

For Students - please complete the application form to register for the 2022/2023 Book Competition.

For Teachers who would like to sign up your school/college's participation for the 2022/2023 Book Competition complete the form.

STEP 2: Follow the Next Steps

Shortly after submitting one of the forms to participate in the 2022-2023 Book Competition, you will receive a confirmation for The Academy via email. Check your inbox regularly, including your spam box, to find out the next steps on how to participate and submit your creative essay(s).

STEP 3: Write up your Creative Essay

Write up your creative essay of no more than 800 words, it can be a poem, song, essay etc. On the topic of, “The Town of the Future will...”

STEP 4: Submit your Essay

Once you are happy with your essay, submit it before the given deadline and wait for your confirmation to hear about next steps.