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Announcing the winners of the My Twist on a Tale competition

1,200 students from over 50 countries worldwide put their own modern twist on a classic tale in our international writing competition. We're delighted to announce the wining entries!

5 Mar 2020
Our Twist on a Tale competition

Launched on International Literacy Day (Sunday 8 September 2019), the Pearson My Twist on a Tale writing competition encouraged four to 16-year-olds to tear up the rule book and give their own 21st Century take on classic tales and regional folk stories, reflecting the diverse and modern-day world within which they live. 

Over 1200 students from 50 countries around the world entered the competition. We were overwhelmed and astounded by the level of creativity and imagination that was put into each and every story. 

Eight fantastic winning stories were selected by our judges for their exceptional writing, creativity and for their representation of a modern day, diverse world reflecting the writer’s own personality, location, heritage, interests or experiences. 

Our judges - Ross Young and Phil Ferguson, series creators of our Power English: Writing and writing representatives for United Kingdom Literacy Association - had this to say: 

'It's our hope that as young writers you had a good time crafting these wonderful stories. We certainly loved reading them. Thank you! You can now enjoy the satisfaction that comes from being published authors and seeing the result of that hard work! This is what writing for pleasure is all about'. 

The winning stories
 Key Stage Category   Student Name  School  Story 
 Key Stage 1  Maryam Saquib Imam   Jawahir Al Riyadh International School
 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
 The King
 Key Stage 2  Hayley Williams  International School of the Turks and Caicos Islands 
 Turks & Caicos Islands
 Three Little Conchs
 Key Stage 2  Husnur Hajigizi  British School of Baku, Azerbaijan  The Parachute Kingdom 
 Key Stage 3  Abigail Tutuko  Pearling Season International School, Qatar  DJrella
 Key Stage 3  Jacob Lydon  Casablanca American School Morocco, Morocco  Little Miss Mu-Fêt
 Key Stage 3  Ana Luiza Pinheiro  International School Zurich North, Switzerland  The Reader Ogre
 Key Stage 4  George Nnona  Corona Secondary School, Nigeria  The Short Princess
 Key Stage 4  Oluwalaonoayo Ashiru   Corona Secondary School, Nigeria  Becoming Imara

Each of the winners' stories have been collated into a collection of short stories for all to read. To find out more about Pearson’s My Twist on a Tale and to download a copy of the book, please visit

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Twist on a Tale competition and keep up the good writing work!

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