2018 Finalists

2018 Finalists

Congratulations to the 2018 Wicked Young Writer Awards finalists!

We had over 4,500 entries this year and the judges were blown away by the diversity in themes and heartfelt writing that they read. Thank you for sharing your incredible stories, essays and poems and we wish you all the best with your future writing!

We’re proud to announce the full list of finalists in all six categories below, as well as the top three schools with the most entries.

The 2018 Wicked Young Writer Awards ceremony will take place at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, home of the hit musical Wicked, on Thursday 21 June 2018.

Stay tuned for more details and, if you’re a finalist, remember to check your email inbox for further updates.


5-7 years category
Janey Wheatley
Daniel MacAlpine
Olivia Katie Bostoff
Rosa Swarbrick
Emily Wilson
Alexandra Prideaux
Max Cooke
Josephine Lodge
Niamh Corner
Sophie Filobbos
Isabella Watson-Gandy
Leon Spurdle
Daisy Donovan
Fern Brindle
Sophia Eschenbach
Poppy Phillips
Kristof Kranicz
Dhilan Samarasinghe
Sophia Schlenzka
Deniz Kocak
8 – 10 Years category
Casper Hipperson
Marley Brown
Jessica Shonowo
Victoria Klimczak
Joshua Martyres
Euan Wright
Nigel Blackmore
Alannnah Edward
Angel Boateng
James Sage
Isobel Pitney
Isadora Vargas Mafort
Amy Landy Freitas
Megan Johnston
Robyn Blunden
Ingrid Caudill-Trafí
Theo Powell
Barnaby Mansour
Zara West
Nurjahaan Valli
11 – 14 years category
Ben Howarth
Leah Faulkner
Oliver Dobson
Grace Brett
Izaak Amber
Phoebe Backhouse
James Evans
Aimee McDonald
Annie McCrory
Kristina Novikova
Bill Balding
Eliza Kennedy
Erin Rowe
Anna Squire
Freya Hannan-Mills
Maddy Cox
Kirsty Dibben
Alice Routley
Izzy Whalley
Susie Weidmann


15-17 years category
Hanaa Yousof
Alexandra Peel
Mia Lofthouse
Jakir Ali
Michael Day
Saima Ahmed
Chloe Fletcher
Justine Russell
Tiegan James
Jodie Kemish
Eleanor Finch
James Irving
Isobel Cooper
Kashif Chowdhury
Zahra Kasem
Amelie Frost
Gracie Ardolino
Chloe Sutcliffe
Zoe Man
Jonah Carter
18-25 years category
Anna-Roisin Ullman-Smith (for two entries)
Karenza Marie Hampel
Cheryl Buck
Lucy Jade Elliott
Katie Wentworth
Josef Smith
Lilayna Davies
Lottie Carter
Imogen Usherwood (for two entries)
Emily Collins (for two entries)
Megan Lofthouse-Mason
Hannah Casey
Beth MacLeod
Ellen Warren
Daisy Kennedy
Ropafadzo Mugadza
Becky Shepherd
For Good category
Aké Kibona
Alice Sargent
Grace Noakes
Deanna Giles
Emer O’Toole
Emily Carnegie
Oska von Ruhland
Grace McKinlay
Yasmin Vince
Jared Cook
Jenny Pavitt
Jessica Birch
Megan Lofthouse-mason
Rachel Li
Rheanna Egleton
Robyn Noble
Sabina Rahman
Siobhán Doyle
Sophie Sleeman
Amber De Ruyt

Congratulations to the top three schools with the most entries

Devonshire House School

Moulsham Junior School

St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School, Thurrock