It’s time to announce the winner of the IGGY and Litro Young Writers’ Prize 2016/17!
Congratulations to Georgie Bowen, aged 17, with her story The Colour of Fresh Air. Today, Georgie was awarded a £1000 cash prize at the Iconic Shard Building in London and she will see her story published at IGGY.net and in Litro Magazine.
Congratulations to Georgie and the runners-up, who each win a £200 cash prize and a personalised poster to commemorate their achievement.
The runners-up are:
Maria Clark, 16, UK - Demensha
Hannah Cox, 15, UK - The Collector
Caitlin Devlin, 17, UK - Rewind
Celine Leong, 18, Singapore - Where do the lost dreams go?
Jessica Parkinson, 18, UK - The true fall of Egypt
About the winner:
Georgie is a self- confessed compulsive tea-drinker, ukulele-player and sleeper, Georgie lives in London and is currently being subjected to A-levels.
One way or another, writing has always been a part of her life. Georgie’s first ‘piece’ was put together entirely through dictation to her granny, since - aged five - her writing capabilities were inadequate. At ten, Georgie contracted a ‘poetry writing’ bug, inducing her to compose one depicting her headmistress as a witch, which Georgie proceeded to recite in front of her (and the whole school). She later moved onto songwriting, transcribing her sporadic existential crises into angsty lyrics.
For Georgie, literature is a medium for empathy, and creative writing represents the torturous yet thrilling process of trying to allow someone else to see the world through your lens.
Huge congratulation to Georgie, all of the Shortlisted and longlisted entrants and everyone who took part in the competition.
We’d also like to say a huge thank you to our judges.
Come back tomorrow to see a video from the awards ceremony at the Shard.