A competition to encourage young people to use their imagination and creativity in writing.

Young Writer

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2016 - 17  theme is "Reflection" 

RESULTS 2016 -1 7

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 Judges' comments

Senior winners

Read their submission 



Royal Wootton Bassett

Lucy Heard

Compelling story about a Syrian refugee who reflects gratefully on her new life in England. A few minor slips in the language. / Good. Adventurous to tackle such a subject and done well.

Runner up

Cotswold Tyndale

Laura Travis

Short but profound poem about the way that some commemorations of war are too comfortable and commoditised.
'It should scrape off the sepia/ Cast off the nostalgia/ Set the silence growling.' / Good tight structure and well developed narrative.

Intermediate winners





Grace Knuth

Story personifying the sea in a reflection on the seasons and the stages of life. Generally well written but with a few slips / Somewhat over written like the others in this group but with a better structure and written from a fascinating point of view.

Runner up

North Cotswolds

Eleanor Plater

A beautifully crafted story about a young girl who discards all her many promises to herself in favour of an all-encompassing "be yourself"  / This young writer should be encouraged to develop an idea rather than squeezing in too many adjectives. Nevertheless, a well-written piece of work.

 Junior winners




Worcester Severn

Marla Payne

Complex poem with an unusually mature theme. Excellent use of imagery and phrasing. / Awesome poem.




Scarlett Barr

An accomplished poem about the multifaceted and difficult-to-express nature of emotions. / Wow. Very imaginative and well constructed.