2017 Short Story Competition

Date of past event:

10th November 2017


Winter: A Short Story Competition for the children of Southwark, 2017

To celebrate this year’s Dulwich Literary Festival (10-12 November) students of schools affiliated to the Southwark Schools’ Learning Partnership (SSLP) and the Southwark Teaching Schools Alliance (STSA) were invited to submit short stories for a competition judged by prize-winning author Ali Smith.

Overall Winner:

  • Charlie Powell for Climate Control (Y9 at The Charter School)

Prize Winners (who all received a £20 Dulwich Books token):

  • Tom Whittaker for His Last Stand (Y13 at Dulwich College)
  • Asia Pesaro for Fall The Snow, The Prostitute Said (Y11 at JAGS)
  • Iris Ferrar for Holly Claus (Y7 at JAGS)
  • Anais Dernis for Out On The Ice (Y7 at JAGS)
  • Mary Henderson for Bulgarian Bells (Y9 at JAGS)
  • Daisy Simpson for Hot Gingerbread (Y8 at JAGS)
  • Jack Probert for A Nuclear Kind of Winter (Y11 at Dulwich College)

Shortlisted and Commended:

  • Ella Purdon for Aftermath (Y9 at JAGS)
  • Henry Delap Smith for The Great Storm (Y7 at Kingsdale)
  • Ellen Roxby for Alone On The Marsh (Y8 at JAGS)
  • Seymour Hine for One Good Day (Y9 at Dulwich College)
  • Moustapha Cherif for Children of Seasons (Y7 at City of London Academy)
  • Jamie Chong for The Winter Dance (Y9 at City Heights)
  • Scarlett O’Connell for Winter Heat (Y9 at The Charter School)
  • Poppy Thwaites for The Wintersmith (Y12 at JAGS)
  • Sam Gordon Webb for Remembering A Fond Winter (Y13 at Dulwich College)
  • Dora Gawn Hopkins for Olga’s Letter (Y12 at JAGS)
  • Tom Whittaker for His Last Stand (Y13 at Dulwich College)
  • Tom Sampson for Christmas Lights (Y13 at Dulwich College)
  • Beulah Paintsil for A Girl Called Winter (Y7 at JAGS)
  • Anna Broadley for Warmth Within, Winter Without (Y7 at JAGS)
  • Eleanor Poli for The Winter In My Heart (Y7 at JAGS)
  • Redmond Gurney for A Strange Cold Time (Y9 at Dulwich College)
  • Tega Akpodiete for Winter’s Last Cradle (Y11 at City of London Academy)

Submissions were limited to 500 words

All competition entrants were invited to attend the Prize Ceremony at Dulwich College at 5pm on 10th November 2017 and to meet Ali Smith.

The winners and runners-up were invited to join Ali for a buffet supper at Dulwich College.