Once upon a time… : Creative Writing Competition 2015

IMG_1800Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2015 Creative Writing competition, pictured here with Catherine Johnson who presented their prizes and certificates. Pupils from 22 primary and secondary schools were rewarded for their work in writing some fantastic poems and stories, and we’d like to thank again Catherine for judging the competition, and for all of the staff at Clifford Chance who hosted the prize-giving.

Choosing the winners was an extremely difficult task, and placing them in the awards even harder. The full list of winners is below.

Key Stage Two Poetry Winners

1st    Imani Adesanya    St Paul with St Luke Primary School
2nd    Irfan Rahman    Cayley Primary School
3rd    Shama Arufa    St Paul with St Luke Primary School
Commended   Nadia Saleh    Marion Richardson Primary School

Key Stage Two Short Story Winners

Joint 1st    Lili Fairclough    Chisenhale Primary School
Joint 1st    Jahed Ali Chowdhuri    Harry Gosling Primary School
2nd    Aflah Odayapurath    Harry Gosling Primary School
Joint 3rd    Isobel McGrath    Chisenhale Primary School
Joint 3rd    Natalia Augustynowicz    St Anne’s Primary School
Joint 3rd    Cadee Mbonu    Our Lady and St Josephs’ Primary School
Commended    Umae Assefa    St Anne’s Primary School
Commended    Arnold Duru    Our Lady and St Joseph’s Primary School
Commended     Abrar Fariduddin    Globe Primary School
Runner up    Tracy Mandal    Blue Gate Fields Junior School
Runner up    Phoebe Lee    Guardian Angels Primary School
Runner up    Gabriel Gokool    Guardian Angels Primary School
Runner up    Madeeha Meezan    Hague Primary School
Runner up    Maiesha  Islam    Hague Primary School
Runner up    Sarah Salwa   John Scurr Primary School
Runner up    Shokathia Islam   John Scurr Primary School
Runner up    Mohammed Akbar Ali   Malemsbury Primary School
Runner up    Hannah Labor   St Elizabeths Primary School
Runner up    Omar Ahmed Ali   St Pauls Whitechapel Primary School

Key Stage Three Poetry Winners

1st    Intila Abedhin    Central Foundation Girls’ School
2nd    Maliha Ahmed    Central Foundation Girls’ School
3rd    Piah Uddin    Central Foundation Girls’ School
Commended    Samida Yasmin    Central Foundation Girls’ School
Commended     Lucy Vo    Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School
Commended    Stephanie Quarty    Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School
Commended    Samirah Ahmed    Sir John Cass Foundation and Redcoat School

Key Stage Three Short Story Winners

1st    Rio Puffett    Bow Secondary School
Joint 2nd    Motarin Zomari   Morpeth School
Joint 2nd    Piah Uddin   Central Foundation Girls’ School
3rd    Ahmed Farah    Sir John Cass Foundation and Redcoat School
Commended    Katharine Tang    Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School
Commended    Juariyah Raqib    Central Foundation Girls’ School
Commended    Nusaybah Al-Mamun    Central Foundation Girls’ School
Runner up    Hamza Ahmed Chowdhury   Stepney Green School of Maths and Computing

Key Stage Four Poetry Winners

1st    Anika Iqbal    Langdon Park Secondary School

Prize-winners’ workshop

The workshop with author Catherine Johnson will be held on Tuesday 23rd June at the PDC, 229 Bethnal Green Road.

  • Secondary workshop : 9.30am to 11.30am
  • Primary workshop : 12.30pm to 2.30pm

About the competition

Our Creative Writing Competition is open to pupils in upper KS2, KS3 and KS4

The competition aims to encourage children to explore writing as an exciting activity and to have their achievements recognised. The 2015 competition runs from January to April. Children are invited to write a short story or poem on the theme which this year is alternative fairy tales and myths and legends.


The first prize in each key stage and category (short story and poetry) is £50 with additional prizes for runners up and commended entries. All prize-winners are invited to attend a writing workshop with the guest judge.

An anthology of the winning entries will be published as an electronic book via Amazon to take the children’s work to a worldwide audience, and can also be uploaded to school VLEs and websites.

A prize-giving ceremony will take place on Monday 22nd June at the Clifford Chance Building for the winners and members of their family.

Exploring the theme

Traditional tales and myths and legends offer a wide range of inspiration to writers. Guidance notes on the theme will be sent to registering schools. Participants are encouraged to read a variety of myths, fairytales and folk tales in order to help them choose characters or a story to adapt.

Book selections are available to borrow from the Schools Library Service – either visit us, or mark on your Request for Resources form that your school is taking part in the competition.

Poster art to download

You can download these images to use as part of a PowerPoint or on a school display screen (right click and select and select save link as…)




Opening Times

Opening times

Term time Monday – Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Fridays and holidays: 9am to 4:30pm

Christmas holiday

23rd December to 1st January : CLOSED