Rockwood Academy students’ work published in writing competition

Tuesday 19th February 2019

Following Rockwood Academy students’ success in the Young Writers’ Poetry Escape competition, students from Year 7 and 8 have found further success in getting their written work published.

During the Autumn term, 236 students from across Year 7 and 8 were tasked with submitting responses to Young Writers’ nationwide writing competition ‘Mission Catastrophe.’ The competition challenged students to write a 100-word mini-saga, complete with a beginning, middle and end, in response to an epic catastrophe that nearly wiped out the entire human race. The competition sets out to develop the student’s ability to research subjects, discover inspiration, explore the concept of time and how to use writing as a cathartic process.

186 of the student’s entries have been successful in the competition and will be published in an upcoming anthology collection for the competition by Young Writers. With development and improvement at the heart of the competition, a further 46 entries have been returned with feedback and the reviewing Editor has requested they be improved and resubmitted.

The competition was organised at Rockwood Academy by Miss Saeed, who commented:

“I am absolutely over the moon with the news because we have had even more success with this Young Writers’ competition than the last one!  Needless to say, I am extremely proud of our students and the wonderful imaginations they possess!”

Some of the successful students have reflected on their success and the idea of getting their work published:

– “I can’t believe I won.  I barely win anything, so this is a great achievement.” (Danyal Hussain)

– “I feel proud of myself.  I feel famous now!” (Tahir Saeed)

– “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have my work published.” (Aisha Ali)

– “I never win anything so I’m surprised…and my mum will be proud!” (Ishmail Tahir)

– “I don’t normally win anything, so I’m really, really happy!” (Nima Abdi)

– “I feel amazed because it’s a big achievement for me.” (Rehan Miah)

Young Writers was established with the aim of encouraging young people to engage in creative writing, by running national poetry and creative writing competitions through schools, as well as providing free resources to teachers, providing creative workshops, and publishing students work.

We’re very proud of all of the students involved and we can’t wait to read all of their mini-sagas.