“I was fascinated by the breadth of genres and the skills your students showed in telling their stories, I really enjoyed reading them all and it was a hard task deciding on the winners”. Those were the words of Gavin Musselwhite from well-known book shop Waterstones, after he judged QMC’s short story competition, in aid of Book Aid International.
Every year QMC Library supports the World Book Day charity 'Book Aid International' by running a second hand book sale. This year also saw the introduction of a competition, providing a fun opportunity for students to enjoy creative writing in the shape of a 500 - 1000 word long story.
The competition was open to all abilities and, with two prizes up for grabs, nearly 50 students took up the challenge which was kindly judged by the Festival Place branch of Waterstones.
Gavin commented “We really enjoy being part of the community and getting involved in different projects. QMC’s World Book Day short story writing competition was a fantastic opportunity to encourage a new generation of writers and very talented they are too! “I was fascinated by the breadth of genres and the skills QMC students showed in telling their stories, I really enjoyed reading them all and it was a hard task deciding on the winners.”
Erin Bateman & Simone Nind emerged eventual winners and were each presented with a £20 Festival Place Voucher by Principal Ali Foss and Gavin. Gavin congratulated the successful pair and, despite the difficult task of choosing, explained why theirs had emerged on top. “Simone’s story was powerful and the ending completely unexpected whilst Erin’s story left me wanting more; I wanted to know all about the culture/world she wrote about and would love her to expand it into a novel or even a series.”
Simone, who enjoys creative writing and poetry, was delighted with the win. Simone is currently following the Foundation Learning Pathway at College and this was the second competition she had won.
Erin, who is studying A Levels in English Literature, Law and Computing said “I wanted to create a story with more than a bit of action and add depth to it. I am so pleased that they liked it.”
Jo Hawkes, Library Manager for QMC plans to make the competition an annual event. “Thank you to all of the students who took the time to enter, all of the stories have been read and enjoyed. Please keep writing!”
Ali Foss added “The students worked really hard on their stories and I’m already looking forward to reading more next year. A special thanks to Gavin and Waterstones for giving up their time to support the competition.”