Best Short Story for Children or Young Adults 2022 Results

The exciting moment has arrived to announce the Top 10 entries and crown an overall champion for Best Short Story for Children or Young Adults 2022. Our longlistees are all worthy winners, so it was extremely difficult for our literary agent judge Chloe Seager to select the best of the best.

Thank you to everyone who entered. Keep being brave and sending your fantastic stories out into the world. Your time will come. Thanks also to our amazing reading team and judge.

Here are the results.

Best Short Story for Children or Young Adults 2022


In the Silence, the Curlew Calls by Catherine Cawley

Shortlisted Entries

Blue by Olivia Wakeford

Guess What? by Rob Keeley

Home by Will Dobson

How the Flowers Grow by Stephen Daly

My Little Box of Big Feelings by Liz Heron

Pigeons by Jessamy Corob Cook

The Boggart and the Four Coins by Marie Day

The Path is Red by Daisy Jervis

The Secret to Climbing Trees by Ruth Stevenson

Many congratulations to our final 10, your stories are exceptional. Congratulations as well to all our entrants. You should be very proud of your work.

We have two further competitions in 2022: Best Children’s Picture Book (text) and Best Novel Opening for Children or Young Adults. We hope to read your writing again!

Published in
20 June 2022
Last Updated
17 June 2022