Congratulations to the winners of our July competition. Feeling inspired? Have a go at this month's prompt.
She squeezed past all the celebrating Italian fans, the England flag over her shoulders slipping to the floor, as tears rose to her eyes. This was her last chance!
Whirling around, she could only catch a glimpse of his Italian jersey, before finally feeling his lips on hers.
Dh'iarr Dòmhnall ball-coise a chluich fad an t-samhraidh.
Cheannaich mi tiogaidean gu sgoil-shamhraidh ball-coise dha. Abair iongnadh, smaoin mi, ach cha robh e toilichte. Bha e ag iarraidh cluiche air an X-Box cha b’ ann air an raon-cluiche.
Obh obh, Dòmhnall bochd. Cha bhi cumhachd-dealain sam bith anns a’ champa.
Translation by Gaelic Books Council
Donald asked to play football all summer.
I bought him tickets for a football summer school. What a surprise, I thought, but he wasn’t pleased. He wanted to play on the X-Box not on the pitch.
Oh dear, poor Donald. There won’t be any electricity at the camp.
Young writers (12–18) winner
W. Jia Lee, age 17
Sun-bleached boots. Joints pop loose. You stop my shot.
‘Aren’t you supposed to be the young one?’
My laugh is short and breathless: a hidden sigh. Your loose skin and sharp bones kick the ball in response, promising me you’ll still be here when I come back next year.
Young writers (5–11) winner
Sienna Sondhi, age 10
Sun is shining
But time to go in
Need to get ready
The match will begin
Gathered by screen
Drinks on side
Our team walks on
Hearts swell with pride
Are we in or out
Final whistle blown