In the summer of 2013 the Centre for Applied Human Rights and Amnesty International UK ran a short story competition for young writers between the ages of 11-18. Young people were invited to submit stories exploring the joint themes of chocolate and human rights. Stories were received from the UK and Ghana and the competition culminated in the publication of Chocolate Factory, a book which showcased the winning stories and a number of the highly commended entries.

The book was produced in partnership with Stairwell Books and  launched as part of the Yorkshire Schools Fair Trade Awards Evening on 23rd January 2014, where one of the winning young authors read his work and many of the young writers featured in the book were presented with prizes by the Sheriff of York.

You can read two of the winning stories here:

Chocolate Oppression – Finn O’Rourke

Behind the Bars – Tom Haygarth