Write Christmas Writing Competition 2017

We are delighted to announce our 2017 Write Christmas competition winners!

A record number of entries was received this year and we had such a tough decision choosing just one overall winner. You can read and download the top 50 entries in our free e-book HERE.  We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that entered and a big congratulations to our three winners, named below:

Congratulations to Lily Briegel, aged 8 from Derbyshire, who has been awarded this year’s top prize.

Lily’s alternative take on her creative Christmas story, ‘Rudolph The Red Nosed Unicorn’ has won her the title of Write Christmas Champion 2017 and £1,500 for her school. She will also be awarded a Christmas stocking packed full of goodies. Judge and best selling author Sam Hay said ‘Hilarious! I absolutely loved this poem. The highly inventive idea of Santa’s reindeer wanting a new look and deciding to become unicorns really made me laugh. So much fun! The perfect Christmas poem.’

The winner of the age four to six category is Jude Staff from Cheltenham, who wrote a heartwarming story about a boy surprising his lonely older relative on Christmas Day. Sam Hay loved this story as it captured the true spirit of Christmas. For this, Jude has won £250 for his school and a stocking full of goodies for himself.

The winner of the age ten to 11 category is Isabella Quaggiotto who wrote a joyful poem describing Santa’s arrival at a snow-covered village. Isabella has won £250 for her school for her creative efforts and a Christmas stocking full of gifts for herself. Our judge said: ‘She had some lovely phrases about ‘snow putting everything to sleep’ and Santa flying away on ‘a blanket of stars. I loved this.’


Click here to download the E-Book of Top 50 entires.


Watch Sam Hay’s reading of Lily Briegel’s winning poem, “Rudolph The Red Nosed Unicorn”:


Watch Sam Hay’s reading of Jude Staff’s winning story, “Lonely At Christmas”:


Watch Sam Hay’s reading of Isabella Quaggiotto’s winning poem, “The Visitor”: