Young au­thors ex­cel at na­tional writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

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

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