After reading over 400 submissions from across the world, we are delighted to reveal the ten-strong shortlist and commendations for the 2022 Author of Tomorrow award.

The imagination of these writers knows no bounds. They take us back in time, forward in time, across oceans, and into space. They make us question faith, the impact humans have on the planet and what we leave behind when we're no longer of this world. 

These ten writers each have such a strong authorial voice, and succeeded in whisking us along with them on a great journey. A huge congratulations to everyone who entered.

11 and Under | Up to 500 words: 

Read more about the writers here.

12-15 years | 1500-5000 words:

Read more about the writers here.

16-21 years | 1500-5000 words:

Read more about the writers 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 at an online ceremony on 21st September 2022.

Commended Entries:

Eighty further submissions are awarded a commendation, due to the high quality of the entries. Each young writer will receive a certificate of commendation in September and feedback on their manuscripts over the summer months. The following were chosen for the writer's technical skill, sense of place and 'unputdownability' of the finished story: 

A huge thank you to the readers and reviewers who volunteered their time with us to read each of the stories submitted. 

The winner of this year's Author of Tomorrow will be revealed at a special online ceremony on 21st Swptember. In the meantime, keep up to date via twitter @Wilbur_Niso_Fdn.