TWENTY young writers gathered at Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London last Friday to be awarded their prizes in the TES's first Write Away competition.
The six winners and 14 runners-up emerged from 10,000 entrants in the competition, launched last year to celebrate the diversity of young people's writing. The competition was so successful that it will be run again next year. Details will be published in The TES in the autumn.
All 20 finalists received pound;100. Their schools will get pound;400 towards a writer's residency. The six winners also received pound;100 vouchers for electrical goods, from sponsors McDonald's Restaurants.
Eimear O'Brien St Mary's grammar school, Magherafelt, Co Derry
Rosie Seager Whitchurch community college, Bucks
Richard Shepherd Robert May's School, Odiham, Hants
Marta Aguiar St Julian's School, Carcavelos, Portugal
Holly Knight Sale grammar school, Greater Manchester
Elizabeth Rowden Katharine, Lady Berkeley's School, Gloucestershire
Jennie Falconer Bitterne Park School, Southampton
Jessica Feehan Priory County primary school, Chelmsford
Michael Halstead Clitheroe Royal grammar school
Rebecca Hermen South Hampstead high school
Soma Chatterji Bolton School For Girls
Grainne Conlon St Mary's grammar school, Magherafelt, Co Derry
Hilary Fraser Wheatley Park School, Oxford
James Gardner Brownedge St Mary's RC high school, Preston
Lucy Hague Kirkwall grammar school, Orkney
Sarah Logan St Francis of Assisi RC School, Walsall
Victoria Ramsden Bolton School For Girls
Susanna Rickard St Philomena's School, Carshalton
Ben Sieniewicz Ivybridge community college, Devon
Samantha Walch Bacup amp; Rawtenstall grammar school