First Story National Writing Competition Winners announced!

After an amazing prize giving evening at LSE’s Literary Festival on Monday night, we are delighted to announce the winners and runners up of the First Story National Writing Competition.

We heard beautiful readings from the winners and runners up of the competition. Three of the competition judges – Anthony McGowan, James Dawson and Kate Kingsley – also discussed the idea of what home means to them and tips on how to write about it. And we unveiled of our competition anthology ‘Home’.

In their discussion of ‘home’, the judges said:

‘Home is not something that you ever have to leave behind: the air conditioning and kitchen counter are inside you, in your head.’ Kate Kingsley

‘Our lives are tendrils stretching hugely complex patterns; linking the tendrils makes homes. That’s what a novel does, we use those tendrils to understand the past.’ Anthony McGowan

‘When you’re a teenager you begin to draw the lines of labels you don’t want and the labels you do want; Young Adult fiction is fantastic because it’s about that metamorphosis. We want to make sense of our inner and outer worlds – the ultimate home is inside of us.’ James Dawson

If you missed the event then fear not, below you can read the winning pieces, on our Facebook page  you can see all the pictures, and excitingly we have a podcast in production that will be available shortly…watch this space.


The winners and runners up of the National Writing Competition celebrate their success!


Overall Winner and KS3 Winner: Mukahang Limbu, Oxford Spires Academy, When I Came From Nepal
KS3 Runner Up: Phoenix Bergman, Acland Burghley, Homemade Pie

KS4 Winner: Barirah Ashfak, Feversham College, Home
KS4 Runner Up: Huw Wilson, Ysgol Dewi Sant, The Homes We Lost

KS5 Winner: Jake Marmot, Mossbourne Community Academy, 14
KS5 Runner Up: Esme Partridge, Oxford Spires Academy, There’s No Place Like Home

Teacher winner: Andy Maclachlan, Pimlico Academy, Homes
Teacher Runner Up: Kira Roberts, Pimlico Academy, Home


National Writing Competition Winner Mukahang Limbu with judges Kate Kingsley and James Dawson


We had over 3,000 entries to the competition from across the country and the judges had an incredibly hard task whittling it down to these winners and runners up. We would like to say a huge thank you and congratulations to everyone who entered.


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