Earlier today on Radio 1, the shortlist was annouced for the Young Writers' Award! If you missed it I have the exclusive list down below. The award cermeony will be on Tuesday the 3rd October.
If you would like to check out any of the short stories you can read them here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/ywa
If you don't know what the YWA are it is - it is a writing competition for young people, aged 14-18 to show their creative side. These 5 stories where picked out of many of wonderful submissions and I must recommend you go check out each of their stories online. Good luck to the 5 finalist. You have all done brilliantly!
‘Wolf’ by Matt Coleclough, 17, from Bristol. The most experimental in structure, Wolf was inspired by a school writing competition where the image of a wolf was set as the jumping-off point. This lyrical, beautifully realised story draws parallels between the wolf’s struggle for survival and the desperation of a local thief.
‘Decisions’ by Miranda Crawford, 14, from Datchet. The tensions of a marriage breaking down and a child caught between two warring parents are captured through the metaphor of ‘tea’ and ‘coffee’ in this strong, visual story from the youngest of this year’s shortlist.
‘Something Wicked, Something Wild’ by Victoria Knight, 18, from Solihull. Inspired by Margaret Atwood’s dedication to an ancestor persecuted for witchcraft in The Handmaid’s Tale, this evocative and haunting tale tells a story of revenge and retribution realised after centuries of torment.
‘The Roses’ by Elizabeth Ryder, 17, from Oxfordshire. The story of a relationship in decline, this inventive and imaginative story of emotional abuse was inspired by the idea of sacrifice and new life in the midst of darkness.
‘Sunflowers’ by Abiah Wyatt, 17, from Cornwall. A poignant and dream-like story of domestic abuse told with raw and brutal beauty, the sunflower field setting was inspired by a family holiday in France.