Competition

Competition for Young Writers

We are thrilled to officially announce the shortlist of our writing competition for young people aged 11-16 years old. Every single entry we received showed brilliant creativity and imagination – and we want to thank everybody who entered. Each entry really blew us all away. You haven’t made our job easy!

Before we show the shortlist, here is the longlist which we announced previously:

Longlist:

A Strange Dream by Beth Cornwell

Are You There Father? by Matilda Wilkins

Flowers of Hope by Livia Brain

For the Love of Egg by Emilia Shackel

Glass by Jasmine Todman

Is This The End by Sarah de Villiers

No Tomorrows for Tony by Hattie Whittington

Out of my Depth by Colette Foster

Reversing a Wish by Jude Shalaby

Send Off by Erin Bagshaw

The Dig by Daisy Whittington

The Kelpies by Simon Ezra-Jackson

The Kraken’s Song by Douglas Irons

Up High by Avantika Vinay

As we said when we revealed the longlist, even if your name isn’t listed below, we strongly encourage you to keep writing and keep entering competitions. We believe we have read pieces from many, many writers of the future. Now, here is the antipiciated shortlist:

Shortlist:

A Strange Dream by Beth Cornwell

Flowers of Hope by Livia Brain

No Tomorrows for Tony by Hattie Whittington

Out of my Depth by Colette Foster

The Dig by Daisy Whittington

The Kelpies by Simon Ezra-Jackson

We want to wish a very warm congratulations to the writers who made the shortlist! We really had so much fun reading your work and you should be very proud of this achievement. Keep writing!

We will now be passing the shortlisted entries on to our judge, Caroline Logan, author of the YA fantasy series The Four Treasures, for her to pick a winner. The winning entry will be announced in the summer issue of PaperBound.

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Prizes: All shortlisted entries will be printed in our summer issue in June 2021. The winning entry will also receive a £15 book token and other writing and book related goodies.

Judge: The shortlist will be judged by Caroline Logan, author of YA fantasy series The Four Treasures.

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Huge thanks to both Caroline Logan and Cranachan Publishing for supporting this competition and contributing to the prize bundle.