Best Piece on a Designated Topic

Judged by
Glenda Cooper, Senior Lecturer at City, University of London
Professor Simon Heffer, Columnist, Daily and Sunday Telegraph, and Professor of Modern British History at the University of Buckingham
Liz Hunt, Assistant Editor (Features & Comment), The Daily Mail

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Bexhill Sixth Form College
'The Persistence of Memory' by Ben Norris

This is a new award, and this year the designated topic was, for obvious reasons, ‘coronavirus’.

The judges said, ‘this is a lyrical snapshot of a day during the first lockdown, where the gorgeous florid style evokes youth and its perception of time – a wonderful read which lingers on, much like its title suggests’

Highly Commended

West Bridgford School
'The Cov-Ides of March' by Ethan Sosin & Kate Roadknight

Highly Commended

Whitgift School
'Salesmen or Samaritans: How should countries distribute Covid-19 vaccines?' by Hasan Zaidi

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