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Announcing the winners of our Christmas Young Writers Competition 2016

moatbrae, January 5, 2017

Thank you to everyone who entered our Christmas Young Writers Competition!!!!!!

We had so many fantastic entries but the judges’ decisions are final and they said “we were very impressed by the creative energy of all the entries. They showed how Peter Pan, and Stref’s illustrations, captured the children’s imaginations”.

The winners of the Young Writer’s Competition 2016 are:

AGED 6 AND UNDER

Winner: Miriam Dutton, age 6

JUDGES COMMENTS:
Anna at PPMBT said “What a brilliant last line! Lovely descriptions-well done Miriam!”

Highly Commended: Grace Williams, age 6, Sarisbury Infant School

JUDGES COMMENTS:
Anna at PPMBT said “Grace paints lovely images – I feel so sorry for the crocodile not being allowed to dance!”

AGED 7-11 YEARS

Winner: Elliot Gashi, age 11, Cargenbridge Primary School

JUDGES COMMENTS:
Jane at Waterstones, Dumfries said “The adventure is focussed and sustained and I like the tongue-twister-like last sentence with its nonchalant ‘only a lot more’ – leaving the reader to decide just how much more!”

Tom Pow, children’s author said “I like his use of language (mossy stump, mermaids swimming so gracefully…skulking, tick-tock croc, ferocious: and so on). I also like the fact that the story he is telling is an adventure with a narrative drive.”

Second Place: Scarlett Willacy, age 10, St Michael’s Primary

JUDGES COMMENTS:
Jane at Waterstones, Dumfries said “I was impressed by her contemporary spin on the scene and the socio-political twist she gives it.
I like the understated way the crocodile steps in at the end when Peter is rather ineffectual.”

Tom Pow, children’s author said “I like the boldness she has in seeing its possibilities and recognising the malleability of stories.”

Third Place: Leon Watson, Bookwell Primary School

JUDGES COMMENTS:
Jane at Waterstones, Dumfries said “A great opening line and very good use of speech/thought.”
Tom Pow, children’s author said ” That first sentence!”
Anna at PPMBT said “I love the opening sentence, it is beautiful, and he has a lovely prose style.”

Highly Commended: Donald Whitelaw, age 8, Troqueer Primary School

JUDGES COMMENTS:
Tom Pow, children’s author said “What narrative control from a young writer!”
Anna at PPMBT said “Thoroughly agree, I thought he had a great level of detail and a really nice little twist on the classic story”

Aged 12-16 Years

Winner: Fiona McLaren, age 14

JUDGES COMMENTS:
Anna at PPMBT said “The lovely alliterative descriptions (‘the mythical male’ and ‘bloodlust in his breath’) set the scene very well and we liked the idea of ‘exploring the possibilities of the sky’. We hope she continues to write and use her imagination as she obviously enjoys it and has a natural flair.”

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL – we will be in touch with you to arrange the prizegiving.


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