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2017 Young Writers' Competition Now Open for Schools

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Life is full of people who for one reason or another don't quite fit in. We are inviting students to write either a story or a poem along the theme of 'The Outsider'. Budding authors can take inspiration from literature - Othello, Harry Potter, The Boy in the Dress - or from their own experience. We are looking for tales of exclusion and inclusion, kindness and hate, bigtory and prejudice. The choice is theirs.

JUNIOR: Three age categories (Years 1&2, Years 3&4 and Years 5&6)
SENIOR: Three age categories (Years 7,8&9, Years 10&11, Years 12&13)

All entries must be via schools. We are unable to accept direct entries.
For further information and guidelines email Ali Richardson: education@wimbledonbookfest.org

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The judging panel:
Ruth Knowles
, publisher at Penguin Random House Children’s books, Peter Glanville, Polka Theatre, Julian Butler, writer & musician, Tina Ingram, teacher, Lyndsey Barraclough, writer, Jennifer Cox, Journalist and Writer, Gemma Malley, Author and Booktrust Director, David Steedman, University of Roehampton, Margaret Reeve, teacher & educationalist, Charlotte White, University of Roehampton,

Carol Ann Duffy prizeMichael Rosen prize

pics: Carol Ann Duffy with 2017 Young Writer's Competition, Michael Rosen with 2014 winner

In 2016's competition 43 schools (33 primary and 10 secondary) took part and had their work published in our collection. Winners were awarded at prize giving events with Caroline Lawrence and Carol Ann Duffy.


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