Young authors excel at national writing competition
A PUPIL at the King’s Girls’ Division in Macclesfield has won a National Short Story Competition.
Thirteen-year-old writer Julia Harman crafted a perfect tale in only 1,000 words to win the National Short Story Week competition for Year Eight groups.
She was one of 2,500 entrants from 250 schools nationwide taking part in the event.
And what is more her friend Louisa Boden, also from King’s Girls’, came second with fellow classmate Julia Trier, from Prestbury, winning a highly commended nomination.
The school also received a special commendation for the overall quality of its entries.
Julia, who wants to become a scientist, who said she finds writing ‘a bit difficult’.
She created a fantasy world in which a young queen makes a pledge, to the detriment of her nation.
Olivia Walwyn, the librarian at King’s who helped organise the entries, said: “Julia’s story was intelligently crafted and had a wonderful structure. It was a very sophisticated piece of writing. Louisa Boden’s piece was full of drama, set in motion through captivating dialogue between the main characters, while Julia Trier’s story was lyrically descriptive, creating an exciting chain of events set in a future society.”
Julia, from New Mills, said: “I think the secret is to include detail but only where it is necessary; too much detail and the reader will lose track of the plot.”
All the winners will have their entries published in the National Short Story Week anthology, which will be available to buy in November, with all proceeds going to Teenage Cancer Trust.
●● Talented writers: Julia Trier, Julia Harman and Louisa Boden