St Mary’s School, Cambridge hosted its fourth annual Creative Writing Competition this year, open to boys and girls from Year 5 to Year 8 across Cambridgeshire.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the entrants were asked to take characters from fairy tales, folk tales, myths, legends, games and stories through the looking glass. The aim of the theme was to find out how students would create the stories if these characters left the comfort of their worlds.
This year’s competition was the most popular yet with 379 entries from 12 schools in total. The winners of the competition were announced at a lively presentation evening at St Mary’s School, Cambridge, by Alexander Gordon Smith, a vivacious author and humorous raconteur, who has written a teenage horror series and other books for the young adult age group.
Winner of the Year 5 and Year 6 age category was Leela K. from St John's College School, Cambridge and the Year 7 and Year 8 age category winner was Lily Iona M. from the Stephen Perse Foundation; each receiving a £50 book token.
Charlotte Avery, Headmistress at St Mary’s School, Cambridge said: “Thomas Edison once said ‘The greatest invention in the world is the mind of a child’; this was in clear evidence in all of the entries to our Creative Writing competition. The extracts from the stories heard on the night demonstrated the impressive imaginations of the students who entered. There was a real buzz at the event and we are delighted that so many students decided to enter our competition this year – here’s to even more next year!”
The father of the Year 7 and Year 8 category winner commented: "The Creative Writing Competition presentation evening had such a lovely atmosphere of encouragement and celebration. From our point of view, you made Lily both very surprised and glowingly happy, and she'll carry that glow with her for months to come! Lily wrote a story of several thousand words when she was in Year 5, and then had a break from writing - but was determined to enter the competition this year. Winning the competition will be just the boost of confidence she needs to get back properly to her stories."