Six talented young writers have been announced as winners of the 2017 Henrietta Branford Writing Competition. They are:

Orla Borsey aged 13 years from Fleet, Hampshire

Brianna Cain aged 17 years from Liverpool

Hadeel Elwilid aged 13 years from Chandler’s Ford, Southampton

Jemima Gleeson aged 8 from Hampshire

Zoe Latchford aged 13 years Bedfordshire

Isaac Tiomkin aged 9 years from London

The six winners were all invited to attend the Branford Boase Award celebration party in London on 5 July. There they met special guest author and former Branford Boase Award winner Frances Hardinge as well as the authors shortlisted for the award plus editors, publishers, agents, and other professionals in this field. Frances Hardinge presented them with their awards.

The competition is open to anyone under the age of 19 and this year as last year there were hundreds of entries from all over the country, often thanks to the encouragement of teachers and school librarians. Entrants had to complete a story begun by last year’s winner, author of Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, Horatio Clare.

Prue Goodwin, lecturer in literacy and children’s books, judged the entries and said, ‘Well done, to all the young writers who entered the Henrietta Branford Writing Competition 2017. This year the general standard of writing was so high that it was very difficult indeed to make the final choices. It was truly a fitting way to celebrate and remember Henrietta Branford.’

The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition is an annual competition for young people which runs in conjunction with the prestigious Branford Boase Award.

The Branford Boase Award recognises a debut children’s author and their editor and was set up in memory of the outstanding children’s writer Henrietta Branford and the gifted editor, Wendy Boase, Editorial Director of Walker Books. They both died of cancer in 1999. The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition aims to find and encourage writers of the future, something Henrietta Branford was always keen to do.

Winners - Henrietta Branford Writing Competition 2017


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The Branford Boase Award for

lowresOrla Borsey

Brianna Cain

Hadeel Elwilid

lowres3Jemima Gleeson

Zoe Latchford

Isaac Tiomkin



Winners of the 2017 HBWC with
Frances Hardinge (L) and Prue Goodwin

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