The Sophie Lancaster Creative Writing Competition Shortlist Named
Written by Kate   
Thursday, 22 September 2011 21:03
Hello everyone. It's been very very hard but I think we have our shortlist! Thank you so much to all of you who judged for went above and beyond the call of duty in your warmth and generosity. I'm sending your comments to the schools.
In the end we had 1033 entries from 55 schools including 15 single entries.
The shortlist is as follows:

14-16 category
Gemma Faye Allt, Our Lady and St Johns Blackburn (judged by Ju and Kersh)
Hannah Roddy, St Thomas More, Denton (judged by j and K)
Paige Walmsley, Philips High School, Whitefield (judged by J and K)
Louis Brierley, Crompton House, Oldham (judged by J and K)
Abbie Kennedy, Radcliffe Riverside (judged by Paul Warriner)
Emma Connor, Tottington High, Bury (judged by Paul Warriner)
Joanne Skelton, Sale High School (judged by Kersh)
Chloe Flynn, Unity College, Towneley Holmes (judged by Janet Bamford and Andy Oliver)
Poppy Barry, Oasis Mediacity (judged by Katy Cavanagh)
Tonia Osakwe, Reddish Vale (judged by Rachel Austin)
Pete Barrett, Reddish Vale (judged by Rachel Austin)
Sadia Mir, Norden High School (judged by Julie)
Eve Mair, St Annes RC, Heaton Chapel (judged by Zoe Iqbal)
Abbie Foster St James CE School, Bolton (judged by Mike Garry)

11-13 category:
Katie Marie Swann, St Matthew's Moston (ju and Kersh)
Harriet wright, Stockport School (Will Ash/Jimmy Dowdall)
Katie Benson, Ashton on Mersey (Zoe)
Hannah Holly, St Gabriels RC (Paul Warriner)
Aleesha Broderick Jones, Prestwich Arts College (Erin Erin Shanagher)
Heidi Boyle, Woodhey, Ramsbottom (Sushil)
Hannah Board , Woodhey, Ramsbottom (sushil)
Lauren Davenport, Alder Community, Gee Cross (Kersh and Ju)
Elysse Hughes,Mossley Hollins, Moston (Lee Warburton, Phil Leach)
Kira Stones, Little Lever, Bolton (Ju)
Megan Killen, Flixton Girls, Urmston (Kersh)
Georgina Clarke, Flixton Girls (kersh)

The standard, particularly in the younger category, was high, and we're sorry if some of your favourites didn't make it. If Kersh and Julie's choices seem to dominate (!) it's because we had all the single entries which tended to be stronger, and also because we ended up reading a disproportionate number because we got about half of the entries too late to send out to judge! We're really really chuffed with what we've ended up with though! 
Thank you so much everyone. The response from the schools and the work they'd done with the young people was inspiring, and the whole point really. We couldn't have done it without you.

Julie and Kersh