Six talented young writers, winners of Tell Us a Story, the 2023 Henrietta Branford Writing Competition.
Six talented young writers aged between 8 and 18 are the winners of this year’s Henrietta Branford Writing Competition for Young People. The judges have also chosen two more stories to be awarded Highly Commended.
Entrants were asked to write a story on the theme of ‘an unexpected friend’, inspired by last year’s Branford Boase Award winner, Maisie Chan and her book, Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths. The theme clearly caught the imagination of young writers, attracting over 250 entries.
Competition judge, Prue Goodwin says:
‘When we opened the competition, we reminded everyone that this writing was not a piece of schoolwork, it wouldn’t be marked by the judges, just read to be enjoyed as a good story. And we got hundreds of fantastic stories! Exciting ones, funny ones, moving, adventurous, frightening ones – congratulations to our winners and Highly Commended authors, and to everyone who entered. Keep writing!’