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The Portico Sadie Massey Awards for Young Readers and Writers

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Check out the info for this year's competitions!

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Young Readers

Young Writers

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Time Travellers and the Crystal Dome

The Portico Library, in partnership with Seven Arches Publishing, is very excited about a new book in the Time Traveller series, Time Travellers and The Crystal Dome, which contains specially penned stories linked to historical figures from The Portico Library. 2017's winning students have their stories and reviews published in this book, alongside professional authors. Profits go to The Portico Library and its future outreach activities. Visit Amazon or Waterstones to purchase this book as a Christmas gift!

Well done to our 2016/17 Competition Winners!

Reading Winners

The winners of our book review competition! From left to right: Emma Graham from King's School Macclesfield, Jess Molyneux from Urmston Grammar, Megan Moore from Wilmslow High School, Shaun Bond from Reddish Vale High School, Zachary Grimshaw from Oak Tree Primary School, Dominic Shaw from St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School, Macey Wareing from Oak Tree Primary School, Aya Ahmad from Cedar Mount Academy and Luke Dale from Oak Tree Primary School. Ella Williams-Wallace from Standish Community High School not pictured.

Writing Winners 2017

The winners of our writing competition! From left to right: Theo Hudson from Reddish Vale High School, Nicholas Vinarcik from Wright Robinson College, Oliver Smith from Wilmslow High School, Emily Graham from Bolton School for Girls. Mariam Littler from King's School Chester not pictured.

We are pleased to announce that the winning stories and reviews will be published by Seven Arches Publishing as part of their Time Traveller Series.

Prizes of book tokens, certificates, author visits and copies of 'Time Travellers and the Crystal Dome' will be awarded to all winners in front of family and friends at a special event of celebration at The Portico Library in June.

Many thanks to all students and schools who participated. We couldn't have done it without you!

Check out this year's fantastic winners!

You are very welcome to download the Portico Certificate for this year's talented Book Reviewers and Creative Writers.

If you would like to leave us any feedback about your experience participating in our workshops or our competitions, please download this form and return it to us here.


PSMA Judges 2017

From left to right: Martin Griffin, Melvin Burgess, Fiona Mescall and Paul Morris.

Judging our Young Readers Competition is Paul Morris, author of several children's historical fiction books including the hugely successful Time Traveller Danny and The Codebreaker. Paul is also an experienced public speaker & educator, and will be delivering creative reading & writing workshops for schools.

Paul will be joined by Waterstones senior children’s bookseller and self-confessed bookworm Fiona Hadfield, a seasoned BookTuber with a passion for children’s and YA fiction. With her finger on the pulse of the children's literature market, we're thrilled to have Fiona on this year's panel.

Our Young Writers Competition will be judged by Melvin Burgess, whose 1996 novel Junk won the annual Carnegie Medal and The Guardian Children's Book Prize. Melvin’s works span over three decades, having written extensively for radio and television as well as children’s fiction.

Joining Melvin in judging this category, and completing this year’s panel, is Manchester-based YA author and educator Martin Griffin. Martin’s debut novel The Poison Boy (written as Fletcher Moss) received acclaim from The Times, and his second novel Lifers was released in April 2016.

SEN Awards

If you would like to help us to gather information for the development of our SEN Awards please return the completed form by e-mail or by post to the address below.


PSA Awards

The Portico Library works with children's authors to offer Creative Writing and Book Review Writing Workshops for School Students in Key Stages 2 -5 which will give special insight and preparation for entering our competitions.
For more information keep checking the website or email us here.