Out of Place : Creative Writing Competition 2016

Order copies of the Out of Place paperback book

I’ve recently had a number of enquiries about additional copies of the paperback edition of the Out of Place anthology of winning entries, including Arabic translations of some of the winning UK entries and the original Arabic text of the winning Syrian entries.

The original print run covering one free book for each participating school was possible thanks to a grant from the Arab British Centre.

If the winners featured in the book would like their own copies we can commission an additional print run for the cost of £10 per book.

The winners

The winners of Out of Place, the 2016 Tower Hamlets Creative Writing Competition have been announced!

The prize-giving was held at Clifford Chance, with grey weather failing to dampen spirits despite spoiling the view. Guest speakers included Alia Alzougbi, head of the HEC Global Learning Centre, who spoke of the Syrian connection of the competition and who read out the work of Yousif Al-Kahal, winner of the KS2 short story category from Al-Noor school in Syria. Nadine Kaadan, the children’s author who judged the Syrian entries, and Kim Slater, winner of the 2015 Tower Hamlets Book Award, who judged the Tower Hamlets entries.

Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service writing awards at Clifford Chance, Canary Wharf.
Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service writing awards at Clifford Chance, Canary Wharf.

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Congratulations to all of the prize winners. To register for the 2017 competition, order via SLA online. Contact jacob.turner@towerhamlets.gov.uk for more information.

KS2 Poetry Winners
KS2 Short Story Winners
KS3 Poetry Winners
KS3 Short Story Winners
KS4 Poetry Winners
KS4 Short Story Winners

The theme of Out of Place is refugees, and this year the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Services and the HEC Global Education Centre will be running the competition concurrently with Tower Hamlets schools and with schools for Syrian children.

The winning entries from both countries will be published together for World Refugee Week 2016.

Out of Place for web 2The competition is for upper KS2 (years 5 & 6), and KS3 and 4 and ran from January to June.

Approaching the themes

Pupils should be encouraged to approach their writing in a way that best suits them and that will inspire their best work.

This section will be updated over the term. Please contact us if you wish to share ideas here.

Suggestions of issues to discuss related to refugees
Other ideas for addressing the theme of ‘out of place’

Resources to support the theme

The Schools Library Service has a large collection of fiction and non-fiction resources to support teachers and writers with this competition.

You may also request resources on the topic of refugees using our online form

Examples of stories on the topic of refugees
Online resources

For more information, email jacob.turner@towerhamlets.gov.uk


Schools taking part this year



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