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November 2023 winners – young writers

In our November competition, we asked for stories about an adventure.

A black toy car sits on top of a world map

Congratulations to the winners of our November competition. Feeling inspired? Have a go at this month's prompt.

Young writers (12–18) winner

Shira Woolfson, age 15

Like a time-worn map, lines trace journeys on her aged face. Frown lines hint at storms; gripping onto salt-sprayed life, screaming into the raging tempest. Smile lines suggest at sunny days; joy sparkling like the bubbles in champagne.

They tell her she does not have long.

She smiles: another adventure.

Young writers (5–11) winner

Connie Devlin, age 8

The girl named Alexa put on her wellies and ran out in the rain to a big black portal. She stepped inside and there was black smoke everywhere. Then a magical bat came and cleared it all away. When it cleared a magical land appeared. The girl was amazed.