The winners of the fourth Northamptonshire Shield Short Story Writing Competition were announced at a book themed day at Wicksteed Park.
Looking Glass Theatre provided some special guests on the day: Mr Harry Potter and Mrs Hilda Wicksteed (only 135 years young).
Over 200 young people took part in the contest and they were all invited to join the fun at the prizegiving which included creative crafts such as twig books, printing and flip book making.
The winners in the two categories were, with their stories…
Ages 8-11 Charlotte Thory – The Hidden Path
Ages12-15 Isabella Dowers – The 27 Pigeons and their journey to Egypt
“The quality and originality of the entries leaves us in no doubt that some of these young writers will soon themselves be published authors,” said Mary Laing.
“We were delighted to host such a fantastic event. The joy on the children’s faces as they engaged with the book characters out in the park and took part in the workshops was special to see. We sincerely hope that the children all keep writing to such a high standard as next year might be their turn to win!” said Oliver & Jane Wicksteed
Jim Harker, chairman of the organising committee, said, “We are so very grateful to Mrs Laing and the Wicksteed Park team for taking on the sponsorship of this competition, which has grown from strength to strength since the County Council launched it four years ago. This year 231 young people entered and we’ve had some wonderfully imaginative stories coming from them as a result. I would like to congratulate all the entrants and encourage even more young people to have a go next year.
“Our thanks must also go to Mrs Ann Breen from Northamptonshire Libraries Plus, and Mr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, chair of governors at Wootton Park School, who took on the administration of the competition.
“Without the support of all our sponsors and helpers this very worthwhile event could not have taken place and I am delighted that we have had a large and very creative response to a summer writing challenge for children in the County.”