Competition winner to be published with Jacqueline Wilson

Competition winner to be published with Jacqueline Wilson

An 11-year-old from Kent has written a story that will be published in an exclusive WH Smith edition of Jacqueline Wilson’s new novel Clover Moon, which goes on sale in October.

Emily Weston (right) was announced as the winner of the inaugural Jacqueline Wilson Creative Writing Prize today (27th June) for her story "The Last Sign", a story with a twist. As well as being published, Weston wins the opportunity to meet with Jacqueline Wilson, £100 worth of books, and a bundle of Jacqueline Wilson books for her school.

The prize, which is run by Wilson’s publisher Penguin Random House, received more than 4,000 entries. It was open to 7-12 year olds in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, who could write a fictional story about any topic they choose as long as their entry was between 750-1000 words long.

The judging panel was comprised of Wilson (pictured), Alex Antscherl and Mainga Bhima (both editors at Penguin Random House), Emily Drabble (editor of the Guardian Children’s Books website) and Rachel Airey (head of children’s books at WH Smith).

Wilson said: “There was such a variety of topics submitted and it is clear that the imagination of today’s children is as vivid as ever it was.  It was very tough to select just one winner but Emily’s story stood out because of its use of language and originality and I am so looking forward to seeing it in print in Clover Moon”.

The special edition of Clover Moon will be published on 6th October and sold in WH Smith stores.