Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
We are delighted to announce the winners of our children’s illustration and writing competitions.
Olivia Carson of St Francis School, Pewsey, wins the under 9s illustration competition.
Issy Shave of Ogbourne St George and St Andrew C of E VC Primary School, wins the primary school writing competition for her character description.
Her dark brown hair flows down her back like small snakes. Her ice cold voice cuts through the air as she gossips about strangers. She slaps plenty of makeup on her face and wears clothes of the latest fashion. As posh as a poodle, as elegant as a swan.
Lola Eveling of South Wilts Grammar School for Girls, Salisbury, wins the under 16 writing competition for her short story. The theme was Occupation and her entry can be read here Occupation Forces.
Mavis Cheek judges the MLF children’s writing competition 2014
This year’s Marlborough Literature Festival’s children’s writing competition was much harder to judge than some of the adult competitions I have seen; the contenders’ submissions were wide ranging and full of good ideas, well expressed – and – in the case of the Occupation stories, absolutely gripping. It was an absolute pleasure to read them all.
But prizes are there to be won and in the end I chose, from Ogbourne Primary School, Issy Shave’s marvellous paragraph on A Character (U12s Writing Competition) which ends with the character being ‘Posh as a poodle, as elegant as a swan’. Which reminds me that children see the world without benefit of self consciousness and write with tremendous gusto. Well done Issy!
In this category I should mention both May Liu Cannon’s brilliant piece which included a girl who wore a ‘beautiful yet frightening dress’ – I loved that. And Rachel Boonham’s Roman Goddess who had ‘long skinny legs that were as smooth as a baby’s bottom’. With a fine picture to prove it.
In the older children’s class (U16s Writing Competition) the winner, from South Wilts Grammar School for Girls, was Lola Eveling’s story of Occupation Forces, which both chilled with its description of a dystopian world post-bomb, and thrilled with its use of a sunflower as a metaphor. The best fiction is more than a linear narrative – it has depths to make the reader think and carry strong ideas – which Lola’s entry certainly did.
I must make honourable mention of the entry by Georgia Roberts, who used the idea of a new Nazi Occupation to write a gripping prison story about the beginnings of a rebellion, and Ailsa Rose who imagines what it is like to be a girl in an occupied land where girls are dispensable – shocking and very well controlled by her writing.