June 2019 winners

Our prompt for June 2019 was to write a story featuring a pair of headphones

A pair of headphones on the ground

Congratulations to the winners of our June 2019 competition. Feeling inspired? Have a go at this month's prompt(this will open in a new window).

Adult winner

Emma De Vito

He found the headphones walking home from school - the same ones his parents had told him were too expensive to buy. In the days which followed, with police going door to door, he kept his secret. Even when he recognised the headphones in a photograph of the missing child.

Gaelic winner

Joe Sanders

Air an eilean, rachadh e a chadal ag èisteachd ri fiaclan a’ Chuain Shèimh a’ bìdeadh air a’ chladach urchair chloiche bhon taigh. A-nise, gun chomas cadail air a’ chiad oidhche aig an oilthigh ann an Glaschu, cuiridh e cluasain a-steach is lorgaidh e liosta-chluich ‘ceòl na mara’ air Spotify.

Translation by Gaelic Books Council

On the island, he would go to sleep listening to the teeth of the Pacific Ocean biting the shore a stone’s throw from the house. Now, unable to sleep on the first night at university in Glasgow, he puts in headphones and finds the ‘music of the sea’ playlist on Spotify.

Young writers (12-18) category winner

Emily Betts

'You're my best friend' was their favourite song. Split between a pair of earphones, it was theirs, plural. Synchronised. Where one ended, the other began, joined by the umbilical at the ear, closer than sisters. After the funeral, her new headphones hugged her tight, no room to share. Grieving, singular.

Young writers 5-11 category winner

Eve Hamilton

With caution, I’m carried everywhere. Either in a bag or on some nasty human's head. YUCK. That’s all I used to do. But now a days I’m used as the headphones that people use to listen to whale songs in the national museum of Scotland. What a life I have.