A Year 4 student won joint First Prize for her poem, which she wrote whilst still in Year 3! A former Year 6 student took Second Place for her Short Story. They both attended the ceremony to collect their prizes, and receive their certificates.
It was really exciting as the results were announced at the Awards Ceremony hosted by the organisers, Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service. No one knows beforehand what they have won, or how successful they have been. Just that they have won something! The judges were the author Polly Ho-Yen and author-illustrator Ken Wilson-Max. They really enjoyed reading over 200 entries to this annual competition, and commended the entrants for their creativity, and bravery in putting their work forward for judging. Ken said that the children’s lives came through in their work, and he encouraged them all to keep on writing!
His Top Tips were:
1: Don’t give up! (Remember it won’t be perfect the first time)
2: Ask someone you trust for their honest and constructive opinion of your work.
3: Keep entering competitions!
All prize-winners receive a copy of the book containing their work, titled ‘I am not alone’ – the theme of this year’s competition. Some extracts were read aloud at the event, including the introduction to the Short Story from our Year 6 (2020-2021) winner. The book is also available in the library, so you can read the winning entries too.
Maybe you will be inspired to enter the competition next year!