Before Christmas, the English Department dedicated two weeks to a Young Writers’ creative writing competition. Year 7 and 8 participated in the competition, writing 100 word ‘mini sagas’ based on a Mission Catastrophe theme; a narrative prompted by the idea of a natural disaster. The students worked incredibly hard on developing their narratives and, by the submission date, we had almost 300 entries!

We recently received the fantastic news that 189 of our submissions have been selected for publication in Mission Catastrophe: Stories From the North East. The department are absolutely thrilled to see the creativity and imagination of EMS students rewarded and we are extremely proud of every single student who took part in this fabulous opportunity. (Pictured: Macie, Wiktoria, Grace & Chantelle. Four of our published writers)

Those selected can now pre order a copy of the book to treasure as evidence that they are published writers! Those who were not selected received personalised feedback from the editors and are looking forward to honing their authorial skills in time for the next competition.

Mrs Bell, from the English department said: “As teachers, we know what wonderfully creative minds our students have but it is a wonderful feeling to see that rewarded in a competition such as this. Congratulations to everyone who took part; you should all be extremely proud of yourselves!” 

We now wait with bated breath whilst the editors continue to review entries from across the country. Next term, 5 winning writers will be chosen from over 24,000 entrants and one school will be awarded a cash prize of £1000 and a Young Writers’ Award of Excellence for the best set of entries. Fingers crossed!

We’ll bring you news of the results when we have it. Well done everyone!