The Anne Frank Trust’s vision is for a world free from prejudice and discrimination. They’re looking for creative writing inspired by Anne Frank that helps them achieve that vision, especially in this time of coronavirus. That’s why they are launching their first ever national Anne Frank Creative Writing Awards.

Anne Frank was a victim of prejudice. She was murdered in the Holocaust just because she was Jewish. But Anne was also a writer. She used her diary to challenge prejudice by telling her story. Since Anne’s death in 1945, her diary has become world-famous, and here in the UK we use Anne’s story to empower young people to challenge all forms of prejudice.

In this time of lock-down, when people are separated from each other, the Trust invite you to write a poem, story, essay or article inspired by Anne Frank which shows how important it is that we all live together with kindness, respect and equality.

Taking part

To take part you must be aged between 10 and 15. Your piece of writing can be factual or make-believe, about yourself or about other people or events.

Ask your teacher, social worker or youth worker to email your work to us at awards@annefrank.org.uk as soon as possible, and no later than 30th June 2020.

The Trust will be sharing lots of the entries on our social media challenges, and choosing many for a virtual gallery on our website.

Every entry will receive individual written feedback and a certificate of participation. They are aiming to get these two you within two weeks of receiving your work.

Plus…you might win an award! The judges for the Anne Frank Creative Writing Awards are the award-winning poet Anthony Anaxagorou and the Booker Prize-winning novelist Bernardine Evaristo.

Entries will be judged on creativity and quality of writing, on the originality of your take on Anne Frank and on the strength of your anti-prejudice message. Your message and the link you make with Anne can be either explicit or implied.

Awards will be given in 4 categories:

  • Poetry ages 10 to 12
  • Poetry ages 13 to 15
  • Story, essay or article ages 10 to 12
  • Story, essay or article ages 13 to 15

The winning entry in each category will be read aloud by Anthony and Bernardine, filmed and shown on our website.

There are two top Platinum Awards – one for best poem, one for best story, essay or article. The prize for each of these awards is a fully-paid trip to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam for the winner with an accompanying adult. The trip will include return travel from the UK, an overnight stay in Amsterdam, and a special welcome and behind-the-scenes tour of the House. The trip will take place once lock-down has ended and travel is allowed.

The judges will also award Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards, each with special certificates, and with lots of prizes, including:

  • book tokens
  • signed copies of The Promise by Anne Frank’s step-sister Eva Schloss
  • copies of graphic novel version of The Diary of Anne FrankWe are very grateful for support for the Anne Creative Writing Awards from the Old Possum’s Practical Trust.

Further essential information, including full submission guidelines is available via the Anne Frank Trust’s website.