After reading almost 600 submissions from across the world, we are delighted to reveal the shortlist for the 2020 Author of Tomorrow award. 

We were incredibly impressed with the quality of the short stories submitted this year. The creativity and imagination deserve special mention but also the high-standard of technical skill. A huge congratulations to everyone who took part. The shortlists are:

11 and Under | 500 words or less: 

Read more about the authors and their stories here

12-15 years | 1500 - 5000 words:

Read more about the authors and their stories here

16-21 years | 1500-5000 words:

Read more about the authors and their stories here

Each of the ten shortlisted authors will work with our partners at Worldreader, to have their stories edited and digitally published. Each of the stories will also now go to our young judging panel who will be responsible for deciding the final winner of each category, to be announced on 9th September 2020. 

Commended Entries:

We are commending a further 25 entries in each age category, due to the high number of standout submissions. All of these young writers will also receive a certificate of commendation in September. The following were chosen for each writer's skill, captivating voice, and 'unputdownability' of their finished stories: 



A huge thank you to the readers and reviewers who volunteered their time with us over the last couple of months. One reviewer, Jimmie Chengo, told us: 

[...] it was a very adventurous experience. I was a butterfly, a mythical creature, a robber, a hero, and a villain, all through reading these diverse stories. I am happy that children write to not only escape reality but also highlight reality and what's possible around it. Happiness, love and hope.

We're looking forward to reading the stories again when they are published and available in the Worldreader library.