Creative writing competition collection

The stories in this book give a fascinating insight into what life is like for young people today. It’s crucial that both as individuals and as a society, we do all we can to understand more about the issues that children are facing. Because only by listening to what young people tell us can we provide them with the best possible support, and act to change their lives.

Our Seriously Awkward campaign fights to improve life for vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds. At this age older teenagers are not yet adults, but they’re not treated as children either. They often aren’t listened to, so we don’t hear their stories. Our creative writing competition in partnership with Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House, invited aspiring authors to pen stories about this awkward age.

The winning trio of stories chosen by our panel of agents, authors and more are presented in this book. We hope you enjoy reading them, and that they help you to think about how seriously awkward life can be at 16 and 17.

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