Creative Writing Competition

The BoA Women’s 100 group invite you to empower your creative skills – and take part in our writing competition.

As part of our programme of activities to mark 100 years of women's suffrage and women's achievements over the century, we want to hear your voices. A chance for you to write creatively about the global issues of female empowerment and progress.




The writing competition prizes were announced by our judges, Alex Campbell and Anna Vaught, at our International Women's Day party on March 8th, and presented by High Sheriff, Nicola Alberry.

Prizes were won by:

9-11 years:
First place - Charlotte Hill

11-14 years:
First place - Beatrice Davey-Foxall
Second place: Evelyn D'Aubney
Joint third places: Gabriella Douglass and Chloe Smith

15-18 years:
First place - Georgie McConaghy
Second place: Penelope Duran

First place - Kezia Gorman,
Second Place: Jackie Harding
Third place: Hilary Shearing

The judges commented that all the entries had been of an exceptionally high standard. Congratulations everyone!

A booklet of entries is on sale for £4 - proceeds to Women 100 charities, the Malala Fund and Splitz. Copies can be bought from Ex Libris bookshop in The Shambles, Bradford on Avon or email and we can arrange to get a copy to you.


Alex Campbell

Alex Campbell is the author of YA novels, ‘Land’ and ‘Cloud 9’, and has been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie 2016 Award.

Alongside her writing she is a copywriter and creative writing teacher, and also helps run the BoA family book festival, BOAMBF, with a group of local children’s authors. 

Follow Alex on Twitter at @ACampbellWrites. 

Find out more about BOAMBF on their website.



Anna Vaught

Anna Vaught is a novelist, critic, reviewer, flash fiction writer, poet and editor; she’s also a secondary English teacher, one to one tutor, mentor and mental health advocate.

Anna’s short work has been published widely and her novels are Killing Hapless Ally (2016), The Life of Almost (2018) - both Patrician Press - and Saving Lucia (Bluemoose, 2020); 4th novel The Revelations of Celia Masters is currently on submission and she is writing her fifth novel, while editing an anthology & writing flash fiction.

Follow her on Twitter @bookwormvaught or at




Provided by Bradford on Avon Library

Booklist for Adults


Rise Up Women! : The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes by Diane Atkinson

The Suffragettes in Pictures by Diane Atkinson

What Did You Do in the War, Mummy? By Mavis Nicholson

Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties by Rachel Cooke

The Button Box: the Story of Women in the Twentieth Century, Told Through the Clothes They Wore by Lynn Knight

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

The Women's Century: a Celebration of Changing Roles 1900-2000 by Mary Turner

Women at the Ready: the Remarkable Story of the Women's Voluntary Services on the Home Front by Patricia and Robert Malcolmson

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

Do it Like a Woman : the New Pioneers by Caroline Criado-Perez

Hearts and Minds: Suffragists, Suffragettes and How Women Won the Vote by Jane Robinson

My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst

The Century Girls by Tessa Dunlop

A Woman's Work by Harriet Harman



The Power by Naomi Alderman

Half of the Human Race by Anthony Quinn

Suffragette Girl by Margaret Dickinson

Booklist for Children and Young People


Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women by Elena Favilli

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst

She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton

The Changing Role of Women by Mandy Ross

Girls are Best by Sandi Toksvig

Girls Who Changed the World by Michelle McCann

Avoid Being a Suffragette! By Fiona MacDonald

Women Win the Vote: 6 February 1918 by Brian Williams

Votes for Women: the Franchise in Britain by Stewart Ross

Emmeline Pankhurst by Lisbeth Kaiser



Suffragette by Carol Drinkwater

The Princess and the Suffragette by Holly Webb

Cadogan Square by Carol Drinkwater

Opal Plumstead by Jacqueline Wilson

Make More Noise! – Short stories by Emma Carroll et al.

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls