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Our Global Creative Writing Anthology 2015

04 August 2015

This year, almost 4,500 young authors and artists from 28 schools submitted entries for our third annual creative writing and illustration competition.

 

In just 500 words or one illustration, primary and secondary students were challenged to excite and inspire readers with the theme of an ‘unforgettable place’. The place could be real or imagined, somewhere they’d been or somewhere they’d like to go. 

The judges were blown away by the clever and careful use of language to paint a picture, evoke emotion and bring to life unforgettable places. They found it a real challenge to choose the just ten stories from each age group, so being selected for inclusion is a considerable achievement.

We also invited young artists to submit entries for the illustration competition under the same theme. We received 450 entries and judging this competition was also difficult due to the high standards. The 15 illustrations published in the anthology will take you from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to a sunset in Africa, and from the top of a cliff to the depths of the ocean.

We hope you enjoy reading this year’s anthology – sit back, relax and let yourself be transported to an unforgettable place!

The 2015 winners

We would like to thank and congratulate every student who participated in this year’s competition - we were extremely impressed by your creativity, talent and hard work.

Primary Judge’s Choice

Bird’s Eye View by Julia Primiero, Year 4, British International School of Houston

Primary Highly Commended

Placeburg by Saul Arnow, Year 6, British International School of Chicago

My Paradise, Jeju, by Yejin Oh, Year 6, Compass International School Doha, Rayyan & Gharaffa

Lower Secondary Judge’s Choice

The Gettysburg Battlefield by Grant Clark, Year 8, The British International School of Charlotte

 

Lower Secondary Highly Commended

House of Memories, by Leticia Garcia Santiago, Year 9, College Beau Soleil

On Stage by Tomas McKee, Year 9, The English International School Prague

 

Upper Secondary Judge’s Choice

Abandoned by Anton Znatkevich, Year 10, The English International School Prague

Upper Secondary Highly Commended

An Appointment in Autumn by Bronwyn Tonelli, Year 10, College Champittet Pully

Lesmurdie National Park by William Bezodis, Year 10, The British School Warsaw

Front Cover Illustration

Sophie Chen, Year 13, British International School of Charlotte

 Meet the Judges

The judges for the 2015 Creative Writing Competition are all award-winning, published authors and illustrators.

Judging the Primary School entries was Joe Craig whose bestselling Jimmy Coates thrillers have enthralled fans all over the world.

Screenwriter, graphic novelist and author, Andy Briggs was our judge for the Lower Secondary entries. Andy is the author for the hugely successful Hero.com and Villian.net series and rebooted the classic character TARZAN with a series of contemporary books.

The judge for the Upper Secondary entries was author of three novels, Georgina Harding. Her novels include The Solitude of Thomas CaveThe Spy Game and Painter of Silence, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012.

Our illustration competition was judged by Matthew Loffhagen who specialises in cartoons, comics and bright, fun artwork.