Today on World Book Day, Wimbledon BookFest launches its annual Young Writers’ Competition for school students aged 4 – 19. This year’s theme is “The Tree” and entrants are invited to submit their poems and stories through their teachers and schools at wimbledonbookfest.org. Winners will have their work published in an anthology, and be invited to a prize-giving event at WimbledonBookFest in September.
Last year’s Young Writers’ Competition received shortlisted entries from 72 schools across London and Surrey. The overall winner was Raynes Park High School student Jonathan Esenga (pictured), whose powerful poem, My Name is 2020, was inspired by world events during the pandemic. Jonathan’s winning entry was read by best-selling author and performance poet Sophia Thakur at a prize-giving event in September 2021.
The Young Writers’ Competition, and BookFest’s regular programme of live events with inspiring, relevant writers, are among the ways in which the organisation works to promote a love for reading and writing, and to improve access to books throughout the year. To date, Wimbledon BookFest has worked with 100 schools in south London and Surrey across its projects.
For more information about the Young Writers’ Competition and the upcoming Wimbledon BookFest Summer Festivals, please visit wimbledonbookfest.org.