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BBC Young Writers Award shortlist Announced…and we can’t wait for tomorrow’s big announcement!


If you’re looking for the authors of tomorrow, look no further than the BBC Young Writers Award shortlist. These talented individuals had to outshine hundreds of other budding authors for a place on this prestigious list, and as Samantha Shannon, judge and bestselling author, said,”It was no easy feat to narrow the shortlist down to five.”

And here they are, the lucky finalists:

  • ‘Floor Twenty-Two’ by Hannah Ledlie17from Scotland – A final despairing act is suspended in time.
  • ‘Safe’ by Jessica Phillips, 18, from Merseyside – A father’s departure leads to a disquieting retreat from the world.
  • ‘Skinning’ by Brennig Davies,15, from Wales – Tells of a transition to manhood, with a twist.
  • Stars, Sparks and Lightning’ by Clare Chodos-Irvine,16, from London – A sultry evocation of the first spark of love.
  • ‘The Sun and The Moon’ by Cassie Beggs,17, from Wales – A mythical tale.

But wait, the story’s not over yet: the winner is still to be announced. So stay tuned to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Front Row’ on Tuesday 6 October (TOMORROW) to find out which of this lucky bunch has made the #1 spot and then BBC Radio 1 Huw Stephens’ show at 11pm on the same day to hear their winning story read aloud.

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