We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Children’s Creative Writing Competition which took the theme ‘HOME’ and was judged by none other than the Children’s Laureate and author of the international, best-selling How to Train Your Dragon and Wizards of Once series, Cressida Cowell.
This year we received over 500 entries to the competition from schools in Hertfordshire, Middlesex and Buckinghamshire. From these entries we have three winners, budding authors to watch out for in the future! Congratulations!
Key Stage 1 (school years Reception, 1 and 2)were asked to draw a picture of the home of a fictional character and write about the person who lives there.
Winner: Tom Thexton from The Beacon School
Tom’s drawing and description of Harry Potter character Hagrid’s home was highly praised by Cressida: “It’s wonderful that although Hagrid the giant is magic, his best qualities are that he is loving and trusting, and that his friends see those qualities, rather than just looking at him as a giant. I like that detail you’ve put in about his beard and the boar hound fang.”
Runner Up: Maisey Barnes (Sarratt CE School). Highly Commended: Hanna (Saffron Green), Kiran Singla (Maltman Green), Aarav Vekaria (Radlett Prep).
Key Stage 2 (school years 3-6) had to choose a fictional character from a book and write a detailed description of the home in which they live, as well as its setting.They could also submit a plan to accompany their writing.
Winner: Krishay Vora from St Martin’s School, Northwood
Krishay wrote about his imagined home for the Grand High Witch in Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ which Cressida loved: “This is very atmospheric writing, using fantastic description to create an eerie mood from the very beginning that’s very in-keeping with the Roald Dahl book. The stinky toe of a child is delightfully disgusting. The drawing is brilliant accompaniment; it’s confident and fluid, and I like that you’ve zoomed in on some of the different rooms.”
Runner Up: Gethin Turner (Prestwood Junior School). Highly Commended: Kian Mitha (St Martin’s), Medika Dawood (Prestwood Junior), Sumayyah (Chater).
11-16 year-olds were asked to write a short story of approximately 300 words, the last sentence of which must be “There’s no place like home.”
Winner: Pollyanna Barratt-Saunders (The Reach Free School)
Pollyanna’s entry was singled out for praise by Cressida: “This is a laugh-out-loud comedic story (and funny writing, by the way, is much harder than it looks) – I loved that Lucifer’s plan to enslave mankind was a victim of budget overruns and that after he left the accountants took over. You have packed a lot of world-building detail into a short piece of writing. This vision of Hell is original, clever and laugh-out-loud funny.”
Runner Up: Maia Anderson (St Mary’s School, Gerrards Cross. Highly Commended: Dominic Thompson (The Beacon), Lara Dissnayoke (BHS), Oscar Wiliams (St Martin’s).
Many congratulations to all our prize winners! Details of the 2021 Children’s Writing Competition will be announced in January 2021.
We occasionally run Creative Writing Workshops for children – keep a look out for details.