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The Anne Frank Creative Writing Awards 2020

The deadline for the Anne Frank Creative Writing Awards has now passed and we look forward to announcing our winners on 15 July.

We have received hundreds of entries from young people across the country since the Awards went live at the end of May. They were initially launched as a response to lockdown – inviting young people to be inspired by the experience of Anne Frank and share their own thoughts and feelings about prejudice and discrimination at a time when the covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated isolation, inequality and ‘othering’ across Britain.

Since the Awards were launched, we have seen the resurgence of the civil rights Black Lives Matter movement across the US following the police killing of George Floyd, with supporting protests in the UK and other parts of the world.

These events have opened-up widespread conversations about inequality, racism and privilege that young people are unlikely to have ever before been so exposed to in the public arena.

How have they responded? With insight, emotion, integrity and considerable flair. We have been so impressed and encouraged both by the quality of writing entrants have displayed, and by their obvious commitment to challenging prejudice in our society. Here is a generation that simply has no time for discrimination. This they have been passionate and eloquent and insistent about.

We and our judges Bernardine Evaristo and Anthony Anaxagorou have our work cut out for us in the fortnight ahead. But is has been a privilege to host these Awards and we look forward to sharing our very worthy winners with you on 15 July.

Entries will be judged on three criteria:

  • creativity and quality of writing
  • the originality of your take on Anne Frank
  • the strength of your anti-prejudice message.

Your message and the link you make with Anne can be either explicit or implied.

Awards will be given in 4 categories:

  • Poetry ages 10 to 12
  • Poetry ages 13 to 15
  • Story, essay or article ages 10 to 12
  • Story, essay or article ages 13 to 15

The winning entry in each category will be read aloud by Anthony and Bernardine, filmed and shown on our website.

Click here to see what you could win!

“When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived!”
-Anne Frank, aged 14 (5 April 1944).