The Wicked Young Writer Awards

In more awards’ news, today came the announcement of the 2017 Wicked Young Writer Awards. It’s always lovely to see reading and writing intersect, and many of our young readers will want to show their talent at writing too. With new research from the National Literary Trust showing that children who write for pleasure achieve significantly better results in the classroom, this is a timely award.

The Wicked Young Writer Awards encourage young people aged 5-25 years to use writing to express themselves, producing original pieces of prose or poetry. Over 600 primary and secondary schools and colleges entered this year’s competition from all over the UK. 

Gaby Roslin, together with Head Judge Cressida Cowell, hosted the ceremony at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, home of the musical Wicked. Other judges included Laura Dockrill, and Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust.

Cressida Cowell said of the winners, “This year, my fellow judges and I read poems and stories addressed really big issues, mental illness, hope in adversity, kindness to strangers and the values of education. There was an incredible range of styles and an array of brilliantly original voices, but they all had this in common: they made us judges feel something.”

Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust said, “Every year I am moved by the incredible writing of the children and young people who enter the Wicked Young Writer Awards – and this year was no exception. Children tackled incredibly difficult subject matters with originality, creativity and an undeniable sense of hope, buoyed by the good that can come out of bad situations. Well done to everyone who took part in this year’s awards and congratulations to the worthy finalists! We hope that the awards will continue to inspire children and young people to give their thoughts, ideas and passions a voice.”

The winners are:

5-7 Category:
Winner: Adam Rafael Holmes, 7, from Islington London for Auntie Helen has gone to heaven
Runner-up: Rosa Little, 6 from Botley, Oxford for The Four Seasons

8-10 Category:
Joint winner: Iona Mandal, 10 from Birmingham for Indigo’s Adventures with love
Joint winner: Miranda Tansley, 10 from Tunbridge Wells for The Suffragettes of Tunbridge Wells

11-14 Category:
Winner: Isla Siggs, 13 from Eastbourne, for A Spot of bother

15-17 Category:
Winner: Julia McGrattan, 17, from Hemel Hempstead for Perfectly Unstable
Runner up: Ilana Pearce, 15, from Leeds for Why Don’t You Just Stop?

18-25 Category:
Winner: Claire Joicey, 22 from Cornhill- on- Tweed for The Attic

For Good Category:
Winner: Scarlett Rushton, 25 from Chalfont St Peters for Bus 305

You can read some of the winning extracts here: WYWA2017WinnersEntries

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