We are delighted to announce the winners of the 5th National Short Story Week Young Writer competition for year 7 and 8 pupils.
Congratulations to the National Short Story Week 2016 Young Writer –
Tom Mulley, Dulwich Prep London
The full list of winners and runners up is below. Well done to all of the pupils and thank you to everyone who wrote a story and entered the competition. The standard of entries was, as always, extremely high. Although this means that not everyone can make it to the final shortlist, the judges very much enjoyed reading all of the stories, and hope that every pupil who entered will keep on writing!
Winner Year 8 Boy
Tom Mulley, Dulwich Prep London
Winner Year 8 Girl
Amber Lahdelma (joint winner), Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar
Charlotte Morgan (joint winner), Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar
Winner Year 7 Boy
Indra Carigiet, Dragon School, Oxford
Winner Year 7 Girl
Annie Hall, Dragon School, Oxford
Phoebe Bush, Redland Green School, Bristol
Bruno Kay, Redland Green School, Bristol
Florence Williamson, Walthamstow School for Girls, London
Althea Saiyad, St Julian’s School, Portugal
James Kerslake, St Ivo School, Cornwall
Joely To, Streatham and Clapham High School, London
Erin Edwards, Streatham and Clapham High School, London
Taylor Thompson, Regents Park Community College, Southampton
Millie Brierley, The King’s School in Macclesfield
Rowan Sutton, The King’s School in Macclesfield
Lou Anne Cavel, British Section, Lycee International
Juliette Bidault, British Section, Lycee International
Luc Jager, British Section, Lycee International
Lewis Hoogstad, Dulwich Prep, London
Freddie Corrin, Dulwich Prep, London
Katie Chatfield, Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar
Lara Cummings, Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar
George Maddison, New College School, Oxford
Oscar Ross, New College School, Oxford
Sukrit Kaul, New College School, Oxford
Jemima Chen, Dragon School, Oxford
Milly Troup, Dragon School, Oxford
Hollie Carter, St Ivo School, Cornwall
Jessica Telling, Streatham and Clapham High School, London
Lauren Gollop, Streatham and Clapham High School, London
Oliver Li, Dulwich Prep, London
Luke Jensen-Jones, Dulwich Prep, London
Exceptional School Commendation
Dragon School, Oxford
New College School, Oxford
The top stories will be published in a paperback and ebook during National Short Story Week 2016. All royalties will go to Teenage Cancer Trust. Our first Young Writer anthology was a bestseller on Amazon!
Our thanks to this year’s finalist judge – Jimmy Coates author Joe Craig. Joe says: “I love reading young writers’ stories. The range and vitality of their imaginations always amazes me, so I couldn’t be more excited about being the final judge of this competition. I can’t wait to get lost in new worlds, engrossed in fascinating tales and gripped by the wonderful stories that I know are coming my way.
About Joe Craig
Alongside Anthony Horowitz, Charlie Higson and Robert Muchamore, Joe Craig is “one of the best spy kids authors… outstanding at both writing and plotting” (The Times). He writes novels and movies and is best known for the award-winning, best-selling action-thrillers in the Jimmy Coates series.
He studied Philosophy at Cambridge University then became a songwriter. Now he tours schools and festivals around the world, talking about story-writing and improvising tall tales to keep reluctant readers hooked.
In spare moments he eats sushi, plays the piano, watches movies, reads, draws, plays snooker and cricket, invents snacks, cooks, writes speeches for people, does martial arts training and sleeps. He’s 34.
He lives in London with his wife (broadcaster/adventurer Mary-Ann Ochota), his dog (Harpo the labradonkey) and his dwarf crocodile (Professor Sven). His website is www.joecraig.co.uk and on twitter, facebook and instagram, he’s @joecraiguk
Get tips from best-selling writers!
Looking for tips and inspiration? Download our free podcast and listen to bestselling writers giving their advice on how to write a great short story.
Listen to TV and radio presenter Sue Cook talking to Joe Craig (Jimmy Coates series), Tamsyn Murray (My So Called Afterlife) and Chris Priestley (Tales of Terror series), who give their top tips to help make a story as good as it can be.
Joe Craig photo by Samuel Usher