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A Woman I Admire writing competition winner Bridget Blankly, who wrote about Caroline Haslett

Bridget Blankley
Read our interview with Bridget here

A Woman I Admire
Writing Competition Spring 2018



Dame Caroline Haslett 1895-1957
Bridget Blankley
Southampton, UK


Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Lodève, France

Senator Tammy Duckworth
Clare Marsh
Kent, UK

Caoimhe Toireasa
Ulster, Ireland

Nanny Kath
Jess Edwards
London, UK

Congratulations to our Winner and Runners-Up! We have been delighted with the standard of entries and that the topic has proved to be so inspiring.

For this reason, we decided to award four Runners-Up prizes rather than three. A further 11 Highly Commended stories can also be read below.

In the centenary of the year that women were first given the vote, our entrants wanted to celebrate the achievements of women everywhere.

We received a high number of entries from all parts of the UK, and some from Europe, and the subjects chosen were truly international.

In choosing our final few, we were influenced not just by the character portrayed but by the power and style of the writing. There was also a balance to be struck between entries that extolled the virtues of public figures, and those that recounted the impact on their lives of private individuals.

1st prize: £100 National Book Tokens
Runners-up: £25 National Book Tokens

We received so many outstanding entries that we would also like to celebrate some of the others.


Maria Mendeleeva
Gill Guest
Shropshire, UK

Jean Coxon
Edinburgh, UK

Amy Johnson
Hannah Ellis
Birmingham, UK

Keep Dancing
Alice Penfold
London, UK

Hesba Stretton
Jan Johnstone
Shrophire, UK

Throughout it all — Devotion
Andrew Hall
Lincolnshire, UK

Temple Grandin
Isobel Richards
Buckinghamshire, UK

My Friend Hà
Katie Russell
Essex, UK

Rosa Parks
Jack James Arnott-Taylor
Sheffield, UK

Hannah Evans
Swansea, UK

Elizabeth Fry
Margaret Holdsworth
Rugby, UK

Thank you to everyone for their stories. We hope you enjoy the winning entries. Click on the title to read each story.

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