York Literature Festival Winners Announced

York Literature Festival Winners Announced

1 May 2019

Seventeen young writers and poets have won awards in The Mount School’s Creative Writing Competition for the 2019 York Literature Festival, the school announced today.

The competition invited entries on the theme of Moon | Space from writers and poets aged 18 and under. Over 120 entries were received from ten schools from around the country.

The adjudicators praised the quality of the entries, saying, “The quality of the entries for this year’s competition made judging them very difficult, but also really exciting. It was a real pleasure to be able to read these pieces and brilliant to see so many promising young writers in York.”

This is the competition’s second year with The Mount School and the York Literature Festival. Entries were received from schools as well as from individual participants. Winners are invited to read their entries in a small ceremony at The Mount School this Saturday.

Adrienne Richmond, Principal of The Mount School, said “Congratulations to all of the winners. It’s wonderful to see that the quality of the entries is so high and keeps improving each year. I hope even more schools will submit entries for next year’s competition in celebration of the York Literature Festival.”

Susanna Cooper, Festival Director for the York Literature Festival, today said “We enjoyed a wonderful 2019 York Literature Festival. Our thanks to The Mount for organising the Children’s Creative Writing Competition, which showcased a wealth of incredible talent. I hope these young writers and poets continue to explore their talents and challenge themselves by taking part in future competitions. Perhaps one day they will in turn present their latest novel or poetry anthology at the Festival.”


U11: 1st “The Moon” by Oliver, St Mary’s RC Primary School, Richmond; 2nd “Aliens” by Amelia, The Mount Junior School; 3rd “Zog” by Florence, The Mount Junior School; Honourable mention “The Stars” by Minah, St Mary’s RC Primary School, Richmond

12 – 15 years: 1st “The Moon” by Anya, The Mount School; 2nd “The Moon Know” by Andrea, The Mount School; Joint 3rd place “The Sun and Moon” by Laura, The Mount School and “Moon Poem” by Sophia, The Mount School

16 – 18 years: 1st “Nine Haiku” by Martha, The Mount School

Short Story:

U11: 1st “Moon Party” by Bea, Lord Deramore’s Primary School; 2nd “The Moon and Back” by Scarlett, Ralph Butterfield School; 3rd “The Moon and her Sister” by Ellene, St Mary’s RC Primary School, Richmond

12 – 15 years: 1st “Moon | Space” by Zaara, Bradford Grammar School; 2nd “Luna” by Charla, The Mount School; 3rd “For Womankind” by Sophie, The Mount School

16-18 years: 1st “Lunar Falls” by Bethanie, The Mount School; 2nd “484,000kms Away” by Hannah, The Mount School

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