Aged over 14 and studying full time at school, college or university in Greater Manchester? Fancy yourself as a writer or theatre critic? Then we’ve got a competition for you.

We’re looking for a young writer to submit a review of HOME‘s forthcoming production of Romeo and Juliet at Victoria Baths and interview the cast. The winning piece will be published right here, on Northern Soul, and on HOME’s website (

We’re inviting entrants from the Greater Manchester boroughs to submit a review of something they’ve seen, read or watched over the summer – it could be a book, film, TV programme, theatre, exhibition, or an event – anything that inspires you to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard.

The winner will become HOME’s official young reviewer for Romeo and Juliet. We will provide the winner with a pair of tickets to a matinee performance in September and also arrange an interview with Alex Felton and Sara Vickers, the actors playing Romeo and Juliet.

Not only that, we will arrange a mentoring session for the winner with the Founder and Editor of Northern Soul, Helen Nugent. Helen is a former journalist for The Times and the BBC and writes for The Guardian, The Mail on SundayThe Independent and The Big Issue in the North.

Want to apply?

  • Submit a piece of written work no more than 300 words
  • Provide your contact telephone number and email address
  • Please state your age and where you go to school, college or university

All entries are to be emailed to by the closing date of Monday September 1 at 12pm.

The submissions will be judged by HOME’S  Head of Engagement, Marisa Draper; HOME’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Clare Sydney; and Helen Nugent.

Full terms and conditions of the competition can be found on HOME’s website here.

Good luck!