AN ISLAND charity has today (Friday) revealed the winners of its first creative writing competition.

Launched in March, Independent Arts's Jot aimed to show how art can change lives and help combat social isolation.

Who won?

Ages 5-11

Winner — The Friendless Jellyfish by Anneke Henning; 2nd place — The Printing Error by Claudia Summers; 3rd place — The Truth by Lyra Ayachi.

Ages 12-17

Winner — Perfect Minds by Mary Broadsmith; 2nd place — The Fall of Everdale by Katie Murray-Smith; 3rd place — Stars Are Different in that Valley by Emily Davies.

Ages 18-100+

Winner — The Four Lords by Toby Holmes; 2nd place — Available by Sam Todd; 3rd place — The Dust that Clings to Our Feet by Hillard Morley.

Read more HERE.

Judges Edana Minghella, Wendy Varley, Anmarie Bowler, Aline Turner and Zoe Carr had the tough job of picking the winners.

Programme manager, Kerry Tindall, said: “The competition called for a page of a work in progress. Entrants made the most of the challenge with some great cliff hangers and suspense-filled endings.”

The Independent Arts judging panel said: “We would like to thank and congratulate every single one of those who entered Jot.

"It was difficult to choose just one winner within each category, so please don’t feel discouraged. We hope everyone who entered pursues their writing ambitions further"