Find out who came out top in Malorie Blackman's competition for creative teens
Malorie Blackman's Project Remix reached its conclusion today, when the competition winners and runners-up were announced at a special event at the British Library.
Malorie was joined by author and performer Laura Dockrill, BBC director Jermain Julien and graphic novelist Neill Cameron for the celebratory event, who helped to present the prizes; as well as the winners and runners-up and their families; and students from two London secondary schools.
The winners are:
- Creative writing: Grace Haddon (age 18) for Running from the Shadows, inspired by Philip Pullman's Northern Lights
- Comic strip: Georgia Oliver (age 17) for her comic strip spin on Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl
- Music: Jacob Simpson (age 18) for his entry inspired by The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- Book trailer: Megan Long (age 15) for her trailer for R J Palacio's Wonder
- Cover design: Christina Louise Hitchmough (age 14) for her cover design for Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl
The runners up are:
- Creative writing: Rachel Billington (age 17) for Awake, inspired by The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, and Farhana Lunat (age 17) for Shadow inspired by Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
- Comic strip: Kasja Cohen (age 14) for her comic strip interpretation of The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
- Music: Paul Ray (age 14) for his entry inspired by James Dawson's Say Her Name
- Book trailer: Ben Priory for his trailer for R J Palacio's Wonder
- Cover design: Anna Mackin (age 17) for her cover design for The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Talking about the idea behind the competition at the event, Malorie spoke about how childhood is the time of our greatest creativity, but that often adults become 'straightjacketed' by fear and lack of confidence. She wanted the competition to encourage young people to continue to express themselves creatively, but also to show the importance of the arts and creative subjects, which deserve to be fostered just as much as science, technology, engineering and maths. The competition aimed to get teens using their imaginations, tapping into their creative skills, as well as helping them to find routes into the creative industries in the future.
Yvonne Biggins from teen story-sharing community Movellas, who hosted the competition, also spoke at the event, talking about the importance of fanfiction. Project Remix was inspired by the growth of online fandom, including fanfiction, fan art and the surge in related digital communities
The competition was open to UK residents age 13-19: to enter, teenagers were asked to make work in response to a selection of books, stories, poems and graphic novels from some of the bestselling contemporary and classic authors, including: John Green, Suzanne Collins, Philip Pullman, Benjamin Zephaniah, Jane Austen, Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker.
The winners and runners-up were each presented with a goody bag of books, including a copy of Malorie's new YA anthology Love Hurts.
The individual category winners also received the following special prizes:
- Creative writing: An editorial feedback session with Random House editor, Natalie Doherty.
- Comic strip: A behind-the-scenes visit to The Phoenix comic, including meeting the team at Phoenix HQ in Oxford, finding out about how a comic is made, and getting some career advice from the Phoenix’s comic creators
- Cover design: A portfolio session with Random House senior fiction book designer Laura Bird.
- Book trailer: A feedback session with BBC director Jermain Julien.
- Music: A behind the scenes day at a music studio shadowing Brendon Harding, studio manager and resident engineer at Red Bull Studios, London.
The aim of Project Remix was to engage young people with literature, using it as a creative springboard into other storytelling mediums, and to open doors to the arts and the creative industries. The competition was inspired by the growth of online fandom, including fanfiction and fan art and the surge in related digital communities.
Project Remix was delivered in partnership by Book Trust, Movellas and Penguin Random House.
The Project Remix website also features resources to help young people including guidance and insider top tips from creative industry experts, resources for schools and much more.