The literary talents of Hamptonians were on full show in this year’s Creative Writing Awards.

Challenged to write a 750-word gripping story opening, competition entrants came up with ideas ranging from dystopian worlds to secret spy missions during the Second World War. The shortlisted finalists in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior age group categories attended a masterclass with Young Adult fiction author Sara Grant who is also a Creative Writing Masters Degree course lecturer.

Sara gave the budding authors top tips on creative writing, focusing on description and setting, dialogue, action and orientation; she also provided detailed verbal and written feedback about each of their story openings. The author was impressed with the quality of writing produced by the Hampton pupils:

I read some amazing story openings from incredibly talented writers. The pupils worked so hard and I was impressed by their ability to take on board my feedback and improve their already brilliant work.

The winners and runners-up in each category won £25 and £15 book vouchers respectively. All of the finalists will submit their revised pieces for publication in this summer’s edition of Lion Print, Hampton’s Creative Arts magazine.

The winners and runners-up from the categories are as follows:

  • Junior Winner – Isaac Tarragano
  • Junior Runner-up – Natty Taylor
  • Intermediate Winner – Will Mathers-Jones
  • Intermediate Runner-up – George Garofalo
  • Senior Winner – Ben Green
  • Senior Runner-up – Charles Maddox


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