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The winner of the National Young Writers' Awards 2014 is . . .

The Milkman and the Fairies – Hansraj Ramlagan, aged 10 from Tunbridge Wells

Here is what our judge Liz Pichon has to say: 

"ALL of the finalists stories were fantastic, I was so impressed at the incredibly high standard of writing. There were some amazing, creative, interesting and funny tales. It made picking a winner VERY hard.  (I'm not kidding - it really was!)


In the end I chose Hansraj's The Milkman And The Fairies - because it grabbed my attention right from the start and held it all the way through to the lovely ending. It had everything you could want in a great fairy tale, including excellent descriptions throughout and lots of fairies too."



Here is an extract from his story...

Once upon a time there was a poor and kind milkman called Drew. He lived with his wife Emelda in a tiny timber hut which was in a very small village surrounded by forests and mountains. Drew was as poor as a church mouse but he loved his wife with all his heart and would do anything to keep her happy.

Drew was a very hardworking milkman. He had few cows that provided him with milk. Every morning he had to travel to distant villages on his very old and rusty bike to sell his milk. It was a very long and hard journey for him and very often his milk wouldn’t be sold so he had to return home empty-handed. This would make Drew and his wife heartbroken but they still got over their sorrows and kept working very hard from dawn to dusk.

One evening as usual Drew was returning home without earning any money. It was a very stormy evening and it was raining cats and dogs. Drew was exhausted from a long days’ work and his body felt frozen as ice. His legs could not carry him any further. Besides he was very starving.

“My poor Emelda! You’ll be very upset when you’ll find out that I haven’t earned any money today as well,” mumbled Drew. “Another day of starvation!”

Since it got darker, Drew did not realise he completely lost his way back home.

“Oh no!” exclaimed Drew “how am I supposed to get home now?”

Drew sat down under the enormous tree thinking that he would find his way back when the rain stops. Soon, the trees towered above him and the grass whispered secrets to him. All of a sudden the whole place became dead silent and before Drew could realise he fell asleep...



Congratulations to our other shortlisted finalists: Isabella Molinari - aged 7, Sophie Miller - aged 13, Eve Crown - aged 7, Isabel Grace Lawler - aged 10, Hanniyyah Nauzeer - aged 12.


We received over 13,000 amazing 'Fairytales and Fables' entries this year! We followed tales of giants, gingerbread men and ghosts while learning lots of morals along the way. 


Thank you for all your entries and a massive well done to everyone that entered, we were blown away by your creativity.


Next year's competition will open in April 2015!




The National Young Writers’ Award Returns!  

Judged by Best-selling author, Liz Pichon

Once upon a time Explore Learning launched the first ever National Young Writers’ Award. Children all across the land took their chance to delve deep into their imagination and write a story that captured the judges’ attentions and win themselves a prize of £500 worth of books for their school and a trip to the fairytale kingdom of Disneyland Paris for their whole family.

Since launching six years ago, hundreds of thousands of children all over the country have taken part, overwhelming the team at Explore Learning with tales of time travelling bears, of magical musical instruments, of lost letters and of heroes undertaking electrifying journeys that have made them laugh, and cry.

This year’s theme of ‘fairytales and fables’ is anticipated to attract more stories than ever before as children share their tales of princes and princesses, of dungeons and dragons, of witches and mermaids and goblins and giants! 

Previous judges of the competition have so far included some of the UK’s most prolific authors, like Cressida Cowell, Alan Durant and Andy Cope – and this year is no different with award winning illustrator and author of the Tom Gates series of books, Liz Pichon taking the mantle. With countless awards for the hugely popular Tom Gates, she is perfectly positioned to review this year’s stories and inspire even more children to put pen to paper and give writing a try.

Liz says: “I’m thrilled to be the judge of this year’s National Young Writers’ Award. Competitions like this are a fantastic way to encourage as many children as possible to put pen to paper and write their OWN stories. I’m really looking forward to reading them so good luck to everyone and have some FUN!”

Last year’s victor was eight year old, Shathana Sivanesavajah from Tooting, London, who was awarded her prize by 2013 judge, Cressida Cowell.


Terms and Conditions: 


1. The competition is open to all UK residents aged 14 years and under. 

2. The closing date for entries is Tuesday 3rd June 2014.  

3. First prize is a 4 day break for 2 adults and 2 children to DisneyLand Paris, including travel and accommodation, to be taken before 1st June 2015.  

4.  The winning child’s school will also receive £500 worth of books, provided by Explore Learning. 

5.  The prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash. 

6.  The winner will be announced on 30th June 2014. 

7.  Winners must agree to participate in reasonable publicity and agree to publication of their names and entries. 

8. Explore Learning accepts no responsibility for entries lost, damaged or delayed. 

9.  Entries cannot be returned. 

10. The best entries will be published on the Explore Learning website.