The 2012 Litro & IGGY International Young Person's Short Story Competition

Winner is Lindsey Nkem from Edmonton, Canada.

Lindsey Nkem

Fifteen year old writer Lindsey Nkem from Edmonton, Canada, has been announced as the winner of the prestigious Short Story Competition. Lindsey wins £2,500 and display of her work on a London Underground Station and printed in Litro Magazine. The Award Ceremony for the competition was hosted at Shakespeare’s Globe in London on Monday 15th October, and although Lindsey could not make it over to the UK she sent a very emotional message via Skype in which she praised the other five shortlisted stories and said “thank you for this incredible opportunity”.  

Lindsey’s winning entry ‘I hope there’s Wi-Fi in Heaven’ is an original, intriguing, tongue-in-cheek account of how it feels to be deprived of her sole source of comfort, her beloved wi-fi connection. Read Lindsey's winning story here

The other five writers who were shortlisted will also take home a cash prize of £500 each, thanks to a very generous donation from John Rothenberg.

Watch the announcement of the winner

This is the third year that IGGY and Litro Magazine have come together to host the IGGY and Litro International Short Story Competition for Young People which is open to writers aged 11 to 19 and acknowledges and encourages young writing talent across the world.

Congratulations Lindsey!

Litro prize 2012 Shortlist

IGGY is all about providing opportunities for talent to flourish, and we’re delighted to work with Litro for the fourth year to encourage new writing talent. This year we’ve received entries from young people across the world displaying passion, talent and individuality in their writing. Congratulations to the winner and everyone who took part. Ken Sloan, University of Warwick, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer
Each year the strength of the entrants amaze and surprise, the stories grow in maturity and strength of theme, the collection of entries this year is no different, with some very demanding and mature voices for their age. Eric Akoto, Editor in Chief, Litro Magazine
A huge congratulations to all those who made it to the shortlist and the longlist: I can’t wait to read your stories! Thank you to all the judges who considered my story good enough for winning the award, for their interest, for their effort. And of course, to IGGY and Litro who were responsible for this competition, who gave me an incredible opportunity to explore myself as a writer and who gave me the most momentous moment of my life. Rahemeen Ahmed , 2013 Competition Winner
This was very impressive collection of pieces from young writers. The theme of Dreams provoked a broad range of stories and essays with a wide variety of styles. The quality of writing was high overall – some of it exceptional with writers demonstrating an ability to tell stories with power and emotion that contained strong narrative and characters. John Patrick McCarthy, Competition Judge