We’re delighted to share the great achievements of this year’s entrants. Across every region of the Commonwealth, approximately one third of aspiring young writers received Gold, Silver and Bronze awards from the judges, in recognition of their hard work and talent. To celebrate the efforts of all participants, every single entry receives a certificate. Certificates can be downloaded as a PDF file from the online platform. Simply enter your reference number in the field labelled ‘Did you win an award or take part in 2018? ’ and the certificate will download automatically. Are you a teacher whose school participated this year? Your school can get a certificate too! Get in touch with our Competition’s team to find out more. In recognition of their outstanding achievement, they will visit London to take part in a week of educational and cultural events, including an Awards Ceremony which takes place at Buckingham Palace.
Zahra’s short story ‘Hues of Red’ is a heart-breaking portrayal of child marriage and domestic violence in a traditional South Asian community, yet with an uplifting message of hope for a new generation. She entered the competition as a student of Lahore Grammar School International. On hearing that she had won, Zahra said: “I’m mostly in disbelief, because it’s such a huge honour, but once I get past that I think I’ll be incredibly excited”. She enjoys writing because: “Your writing style can be as diverse as you want it to be – it’s a very unique kind of freedom, and I absolutely adore it”. Ng’s imaginative short story ‘An Odd Company’ personifies the competing concepts of Wealth, Health, Freedom and Happiness, imagining them sparring in an intellectual battle for supremacy reminiscent of the bickering of Ancient Greek gods. A student at Nanyang Girls’ High School, she enjoys: “living in fantasy worlds and dreaming” through reading and creative writing, as well as the study of real-world history.
She says: “I have to admit that the real world, for all its flaws and complexities, holds boundless inspiration too.” Ng is surprised but incredibly grateful to have been chosen as the Senior Runner-Up. Janine’s poem ‘Our Common World: Two Voices’ explores educational inequality through the voices of two 12 year-old girls – one from Afghanistan and one from Singapore. It takes inspiration from the life of Malala Yousafzai, opening with her famous quote ‘One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.’ She is a student at National Junior College, Singapore. As well as writing, she loves creating animations and looking after her dog. Her favourite books include ‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness and ‘The Giver’ by Lois Lowdry, as well as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’ series. Floria’s haunting poem ‘Inheritance’ paints a vivid picture of a dystopian future in which unchecked environmental devastation has left a scorched and polluted Earth in its wake.
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