Young Writers' Competition 2019: The Island

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The theme of this year’s Young Writers' Competition at Wimbledon Book Festival is The Island, celebrating 300 years since the publication of Robinson Crusoe.

We are inviting students to write either an imaginative story or a poem along the theme of 'The Island'. Young people are encourage to take inspiration from examples in literature – Lord of the Flies, Treasure Island, Kensuke's Kingdom – or from their own experiences. We are looking for tales inspired by any type of island, be it a deserted island, an isolated city, an island in the mind or any interpretation you can think of.

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 Laura Byrne:

The Competition is now closed.

Winners will be announced in September at special events at New Wimbledon Theatre with Malorie Blackman and Cressida Cowell.

The judging panel:

Chair: Ariel Kahn, Lecturer at University of Roehampton

Alberto Fernandez-Carbajal, University of Roehampton, Gemma Malley, Author and Communications Director, BookTrust, Margaret Reeve, Teacher & Educationalist, Sydney James, Wimbledon BookFest, Louise Lee, University of Roehampton, Polly Simmonds, Head of Creative Learning, Polka Theatre, Lindsey Barraclough, Author, Maria Garcia, Merton Libraries, Julian Butler, Musician & Writer.

Watch the short video below for some island themed recomendations from our Chair of Judges, Ariel Kahn: