Harrow International Schools Creative Writing Competition 2020

Reading the many wonderful entries for the competition has been a hugely rewarding and exciting experience. We would like to thank all the entrants for their creative, imaginative, and beautifully written pieces of writing.

Three senior boys, the Head of English, and the Head Master, worked together to read the entries and make the very difficult decision about the results. Creating short lists for the three categories was very challenging indeed: it felt terrible to only pick a few when there were so many excellent entries. The boys who helped with the process said it was the most difficult but rewarding experience they have had all year, as well as one of the most enjoyable. They commented on how hugely inspiring it was to read this brilliant work from such young students. So, thank you for providing us with this opportunity.

Many congratulations to all the writers. Here are the results, with one winner per category and two highly commended.

Under 13s 

The winning entry was ‘A Furious Inferno’ by Catherine Hu from Harrow Hong Kong. The powerful imagery and sense of atmosphere in this poem was astounding.

Highly commended goes to ‘Circle of Flames’ by Alicia Yau from Harrow Hong Kong and to ‘Circle of Flames’ by Tienson Lam from Harrow Hong Kong.

Under 10s

The winning entry was ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ by Daniel Wang from Harrow Beijing. This was a remarkable piece of descriptive and narrative writing, with very impressive crafting of language for suspense.

Highly commended goes to Barton Li from Harrow Hong Kong.  and to Cookie Li from Harrow Beijing.

Special mention and a third highly commended goes to Emily Jia from Harrow Shanghai for an excellent story with a wonderfully vivid imaginary world. Click here to enjoy Emily’s story.

Under 7s

The winner of this competition was ‘Flight Club’ by Maggie Liu from Harrow Beijing. This was an impressively detailed and exciting story, with excellent grappling with some challenging themes. We all thoroughly enjoyed reading this entry.

Highly commended goes to Rain Yi from Harrow Beijing and to Long Long Wong from Harrow Hong Kong.

With thanks from Dylan Winward, Gareth Tan, Olufemi Lijadu, Mrs Ashe, and Mr Land.