The National Short Story Week Young Writer competition 2016 winners!


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

Runners Up

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

Highly commended

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!


Joe CraigOur 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.


Jimmy CoatesAbout 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 and on twitter, facebook and instagram, he’s @joecraiguk

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Joe Craig photo by Samuel Usher

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