Joshua Jackson has won the Evans Schools Short Stories Competition and will have his work published on World Book Day, Thursday 3rd March. One of only 24 young writers to be published out of more than 3,800 entries from over 2,700 schools in Britain, Joshua’s creative rap poem Rick in de Rapland will appear in Imagination Station and Other Stories and Poems, an anthology of the best secondary school entries to the 2011 Evans Schools Short Stories competition. The competition was judged by children’s author Pauline Francis.
As the starting point for his poem, Joshua chose Benjamin Zephaniah’s first line “Once upon a time on Rapland/ Where words were wicked and cool”, and the poet added special encouragement for Joshua: “You are great: I know now where to go when I need help.”
Joshua is soon to become Belmont’s Head Boy, before moving to Mill Hill in September where he has been awarded a major academic scholarship. The anthology will go on sale in bookshops around the country from Thursday March 3rd, with all profits donated to World Book Day.