Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Tetbury Goods Shed Young People’s Writing Competition. And our sincere thanks to everyone who entered. The standard and variety of the submissions impressed our judges greatly and made it all the harder to choose a winner in each category.
After much deliberation they agreed that the deserving winners of this year’s competition for stories, poems or essays on the topic of The Perfect Day are:
Age 7-12 Years – Winner: Seth Kilburn-Bond (10) for “Rockpool Life”. Highly commended: Eva Edgecombe (9) for “Sledging for Gold”
Age 13-16 Years – Winner: Elise Davies for “Perfect Enough”. Highly Commended: Arwen Borthwick-Hunter for “Perfect Vengeance”.
Age 17-21 Years – Winner: Ellie Sanders for “The Perfect Day”
Each will receive a prize of up to £30 in vouchers to spend in The Yellow-Lighted Bookshops in Tetbury and Nailsworth. We will present them with their vouchers when restrictions on “non-essential” retailers (as if bookshops are non-essential!) are lifted.
We also extend our grateful thanks to the judges for working together across continents and time zones: Christine Berry, who is a Goods Shed Trustee and former teacher and has been a selector for the BBC Radio 2 ‘Five Hundred Words’ Award; Phil Kirby, who runs our writers’ group at the Goods Shed, and Annie Hooper, author and journalist. And finally thanks also to the competition coordinator, Carol Paton, for making it all happen.
The winning entries
Here are the winners, telling us about their entries. Click on each title to read their winning submission and find out what inspired them to write it.