A competition open to all Urmston Grammar students, the Flash Fiction short story prize has been won by Katie Heggs (y12) for her entry: ‘Not Dark Yet’.
Staff from across the school volunteered to judge the competition, and a shortlist of entries, with no indication of the students’ names or ages, was placed before them. When all the judges’ votes and comments were counted, Katie was a clear winner. As commented by one judge: “I really enjoyed how the atmosphere is set and loved the description. I also liked how the writer uses the narrator, but we seem to see the scene through Meghan’s point of view too.” Katie’s line “A small town where nuance was news” was particularly favoured by many of the judges.
Second prize went to Y7 student, Jasmine Smith, for her story ‘Shelter from the Storm‘, a poignantly contemporary tale which earned this comment from the judges: “A really topical and interesting story that drew me in. I could imagine the scene and the torment felt by the passenger.”
Third prize was awarded to Matthew Ingham (Y10) for his entry ‘One More Cup of Coffee‘. Of this story, one judge made the comment: “I love a good murder mystery, and I thought the story was very cleverly written. Also… I loved the description of the dancing flames at the start”.
Well done to all who participated: writers, judges et al, and especially to organiser, Mr Bridge. May you all long continue your love affair with the written word!