Write a story with a real author, and win prizes for you and your school.
We received thousands of fantastic entries for the Usborne Young Writers' Award 2010. The competition is now closed and you can read the winning stories on this website - or on the free Usborne Young Writers' Award iPhone app.
We are delighted to announce the winners of Usborne Young Writers' Award 2010.
Anne-Marie Conway's story starter:
Arenike Adebajo (aged 14)
Sophie McKenzie's story starter:
Abigail Burn (aged 8)
Diana Kimpton's story starter:
Iona Stuart (aged 12)
Keith Brumpton's story starter:
Daniel Telford (aged 11)
Steve Skidmore & Steve Barlow's story starter:
Skye Humbert (aged 12)
It’s an opportunity to write a story with a real author. Five authors write "story starters" and want your help finishing them. There are great prizes, and it's easy to enter.
The five winning entries for the Young Writers' Award 2010 will each win:
We would like to thank all of the supporters of The Usborne Young Writers' Award:
It's important that you and your parents or guardian read the Usborne Young Writers' Award Terms and Conditions before submitting your story.
Here's a taster of each author's story starter. To view or print out a complete story starter, click on the links.
Sid was in trouble. It wasn’t the first time. But this time it wasn’t fair. ...But then it wasn’t fair that Sid was the only person in the house who could see the monster.
I set off for home. I’d hardly gone a hundred metres when a silver Bentley Continental stopped right beside me and the passenger door swung open. A voice from inside said, “Get in.”
Spike gasped for air as he forced himself to run even faster. He knew he couldn’t keep up that pace for long. But he had to keep going. He couldn’t stop out here in the open − he was too visible.
There were four of us in the band and three of us were dead... So when our manager, Steve, announced we were going on tour, to say we were surprised would be putting it mildly.
Three things happened the summer I turned twelve. My Dad won a whole load of money on the lottery, Steve Barker knocked me off my bike so hard I broke my nose - and my big sister Sophie went missing.
Our authors have each come up with some top tips that may help as you write your story.
Sophie wrote Time Train to The Blitz because her parents lived through it. See her top writing tips.
The 2 Steves wrote Return to the Lost World... discover their top tips for writers.
Diana writes Amy Wild, Animal Talker and The Pony-Mad Princess. Discover her tips for young writers.
Keith created the Dino FC series, find out his number 1 tip... and what not to do!
Anne-Marie is the author of the Star Makers Club Series. Find out what she takes with her everywhere.
Well done to Arenike, Abigail, Daniel, Iona and Skye, winners of the 2010 Usborne Young Writers' Award. Click on the links to read their winning entries - or download all the winning stories on the free Young Writers' Award iPhone app.
“What I loved most about Arenike’s entry was the way she’d taken the story into the future so that it was all happening five years later. I also thought her use of imagery, especially the way she described colours, was stunning. A clear winner for me.”
“Abigail's story stood out for me because of its originality. Her writing was full of lovely imaginative details and managed to be both funny and moving. Very impressive!” – Sophie McKenzie
“I really liked Daniel's story. It was genuinely funny, the characters came to life (even though they were zombies!) and I loved the ending which resolved the story with a jokey twist. Endings are always quite difficult in short stories but this one rounded things off nicely.”– Keith Brumpton
“I loved the way Iona took my story in a direction I hadn't expected. She created clearly defined characters with a minimum of description and handled the changes in viewpoint really well.”– Diana Kimpton
Here are the winners from last year's competition. Well done Anna, Zackary, Anita, Toby and Isaac.
“What a fab story - a lovely mix of imaginative fantasy and well observed reality. Pacing a short story is so tricky but Anna got it just right. Clever girl!” – Ann Bryant
"Zackary Faulkner’s Flight in Time is my winner. I particularly like the fact that he developed the ideas that were set up in the story starter: that there were ‘different stories’ running alongside each other and that the story is moving from one time to another." – Leila Rasheed
“I was really taken by the voices, the different points of view and the ‘slice of life’ feeling in Anita’s story – she’s a real talent.” – Graham Marks
"I chose this story because it was really imaginative, well-written and packed full of great ideas and action. Well done, Toby!" – Sue Mongredien
Thank you to all our brilliant entrants from 2009 and 2010.
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