Reception Pupil finalist in prestigious Young Writer Awards

Alexandra Prideaux entered the Wicked Young Writers Awards with her poem and was selected as a finalist to go to the awards ceremony in London. Alexandra was one of just twenty, in the age 5-7 category, selected from across the country.

The Wicked Young Writer Awards was established by the long-running musical WICKED to link the important messages of the production with a competition that would inspire young people to use creative writing to look at life a little differently. 

The Award recognises excellence in writing, encourages creativity, and helps develop writing talent in young people between 5-25 years old from across the UK. Since its launch in 2010, they have received over 20,000 entries to the award.

Alexandra’s poem is now published in two anthologies: the Wicked Young Writers Award 2018 finalists’ anthology, and the Terry Kelly Poetry Prize 2018 finalists’ anthology.



Swimming by Alexandra Prideaux
Swim, splash, 
slippy slide!
Changing room:
wet floor.
Dad and I
jumping in - 
nervous about going under -
Up nose, spit out. Feel wobbly.
I wonder
what’s the smell, the noise?
sounds of happiness,
water, armbands, boys
and girls.  Doggy paddle.
Fountain, drains through the cracks.
Tickly showers, stinging eyes,
vending machine snacks.

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