The Author of Tomorrow Award is designed to find the adventure writers of the future. It is an annual competition open to young people, aged 21 and under, who have completed a short piece of adventure writing in English. The stories must be 1500-5000 words.

The award is run in partnership with Worldreader, a charity on a mission to make everyone a reader. Together, we hope the award will play its part in improving global literacy levels. 

Congratulations to the five talented young people whose stories have been shortlisted for the 2018 competition:

2018 Author of Tomorrow Shortlist

Archeo by Rafael Antonini, age 12 (UK)
A Journey Through Darkness by Miles Asuni, age 13 (UK)
Lingua Leoprum by Emily Catterson, age 21 (UK)
The Death of a Soldier by Alice Cox, age 14 (UK)
The Prince’s Gem by Mariam Wallace, age 15 (Sierra Leone/UK)

From almost 100 submissions, what set these five stories apart was their spirit of adventure. Together, the shortlist takes us from the deserts of ancient Egypt to a research facility in Bermuda, allows us to discover the hidden secrets of Pandora's boxes and sets us sailing to the Antarctic. The protagonists are nothing short of heroic, making light work of time travel, battling mythical creatures and overcoming personal obstacles, all in their own unassuming way.

We also congratulate seven additional writers whose stories made the longlist for this year's competition:

To the Place of Skulls by Innocent Chizaram Ilo, age 21 (Nigeria)
The Search by Clemetine Jamieson, age 14 (UK)
The Call by Johanna Kox, age 17 (Germany)
The Sea Maiden by Griffon Patterson, age 19 (Canada)
Under an Amethyst Sky by Edward Sands-Grant, age 14 (UK)
Rosaline by Mehek Sennik, age 13 (UK)
Hamartánein by Genevieve Tetteh, age 15 (UK)

The dates for the 2019 competition will be announced at the end of the year. We look forward to reading many more of your adventure stories and congratulations to all who entered!

For synopses of the shortlisted stories, you can visit our Author of Tomorrow 2018 blog.