STUDENTS from Bishop Heber school in Malpas have been selected as winners of a writing talent competition launched as part of the Sandstone Ridge Festival.
Four winners aged from nine years and upwards have been awarded the top prizes at The Peter Wheeler storytelling competition, sponsored by housebuilder Stewart Milne Homes.
More than 70 stories were submitted this year and the final winners were selected by a panel of judges, with Francesca Ball winning the 12–18 category with Necromancy.
In the under-11 category, Tom Kelly, from Bickerton Holy Trinity CofE, won with the The Fox with The Magical Scarf.
Tabitha Evans from Bishop Heber also won a £20 book token for the remaining category winners. Four runners-up were also selected and each received a £10 book token or £20 cash prize.
Linda Houlton from Bishop Heber School, the organiser of the competition, said: “We had an astonishingly high standard of writing this year on a variety of styles and subjects, so our judges had a hard time picking the overall winners.
“It was a privilege to receive and read such accomplished and interesting entries and the winners and runners-up should be congratulated.
“Thank you to Stewart Milne Homes for sponsoring the competition. Its support has enabled us to give our writers the prizes they deserve.”
Gisele Atherton, sales consultant at Stewart Milne Homes, said: “Well done to all the writers who took part and the overall winners should be really proud of their stories.
“We want to support local community projects whenever we can and this competition is a great example of community collaboration to promote and support local talent and culture.”
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