First Story is a literacy charity that runs creative writing residencies in schools serving low-income communities, with the aim of fostering creativity and communication skills.
Now in its fourth year, the competition, judged by Vintage, is open to all First Story students aged 11-18. The competition comes part way through the school residencies and gives our young writers the experience of crafting something to a specific brief, meeting a deadline, going through a selection process and potentially achieving the first taste of publication success. Entries can be prose or poetry and can be on any theme. Twenty four schools from across the UK submitted a shortlist of three entries and a winner was chosen from each, with one overall winner and one overall runner up.
The overall winner is Rebecca Obadina-Adebowale from Platanos College, London and the runner up is Nicole Fontes from Nottingham Academy, Ransom Road, with an honourable mention for Sophia Chrysanthou from Chelsea Academy, London. Rebecca, Nicola and Sophia will all receive a pile of prize books from Vintage and will have their 100-word stories printed on postcards.