The literary talents of Hamptonians from First Year to Sixth Form were on display in this year’s Creative Writing Awards.

Aspiring authors were challenged to write a 750-word story opening and competition- entrants came up with creative responses in genres ranging from horror to humour, fantasy and crime. Young adult fiction author Sara Grant provided shortlisted finalists in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior age group categories with top creative writing tips focusing on characterisation, plot development and ways to create tension.

Sara, who judged the submissions, was hugely impressed by the calibre of writing from all those who entered the competition:

The quality of this year’s stories was extremely high. I had a very difficult time selecting one winner and one runner-up in each category. I was delighted to read the work of such a talented group of writers.

The winners and runners-up from each category, who will receive book tokens, are as follows:

  • Junior Winner: Isaac Tarragano
  • Junior Runner-up: Ben Rowe
  • Intermediate Winner: Luke Trotman
  • Intermediate Runner-up: Abhishekdev Ramesh
  • Senior Winner: Pavit Kullar
  • Senior Runner-up: Alex Syratt

Take a look at the winners reading a short extract from their story here:

All the finalists’ work will be published in the Lion Print creative writing magazine in the summer term.

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