Born to Write Competition Finale

Tuesday saw the culmination of our second annual Born to Write Competition.  With schools across Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire taking part, the competition is proving to be very popular.  143 short stories of 500 words on the theme of ‘Time’ were received, and judges found the standards to be incredibly high.  The final tough decisions were made by local author Rebecca Westcott.

At this week’s ceremony, Rebecca praised the young writers for their ability to draw in the reader in a remarkably short space of time. She read some examples of brilliant opening sentences, making the gathered audience realise just how well-written these short pieces were!

Winning students from St Mary’s, Knighton House, Hanford, Sandroyd and Queen Elizabeth’s School had been invited to attend the awards ceremony, but the final prizes were a secret until the event itself.  Overall winner was Timothy Robinson from Sandroyd with his story “100m Sprint”.  Madeleine Humphries from St Mary’s was the Year 7-9 Category winner with ‘The Myth of Father Time”, and Francesca Allman from Queen Elizabeth’s School won the Year 10 & 11 Category with “My Misunderstood Mistake”.

Congratulations also to those who received Highly Commended awards: Tatiana Welchman (Sandroyd), Scarlett Ridge and Lottie Butterworth (St Mary’s), Josephine David and Lauren Semmens (QE), Eliza Ellis (Hanford) and Megan Elliot (Knighton House).