In the 2015 academic year, Young Writers invited secondary schools across the UK to enter students into their Poetopia poetry competition, which was inspired by popular dystopian fiction. Students had to pick a faction to write for, with 6 factions to choose from, each one offering a theme or writing challenge. Young Writers received in excess of 16,500 entries from over 600 schools nationwide and would like to say a huge thank you to all the schools, teachers and pupils who took part. They're delighted to announce the competition winners...
1st Prize - £500
Awarded to Helsby High School, Frodsham, whose students are published in 'Poetopia - Cheshire'
2nd Prize - £250
Awarded to Invicta Grammar School, Maidstone, whose students are published in 'Poetopia - Kent & Sussex'.
3rd Prize - £100
Awarded to Jamea Al Kauthar, Lancaster, whose students are published in 'Poetopia - Northern Voices'.
Jenni Bannister, Editorial Manager said: "Poetopia really inspired students and we had an abundance of fantastic, original poetry. Choosing winners is always a difficult but nevertheless enjoyable task - huge congratulations to our very worthy winners."
Young Writers has also awarded prizes to students, which include Divergent Book Series Box Sets and National Book Tokens. Please click here to view all the winners and their poems.
The Poetry Trials is the latest poetry competitions from Young Writers and opens on the 11th April for 11-18 year-olds across the UK. To take part please click here.