Year 7 student, Lily Perkins, recently won a mystery short story writing competition organised by the International Agatha Christie Festival with her tale, ‘The Mist’.
Keen writer Lily, who is no stranger to literary competitions, wrote the piece following the brief of creating a tale of mystery that uses creativity and imagination, clear plot points and great characterisation that leaves the reader wanting to know what happens next.
‘The Mist’, described by the judging panel as having ‘gothic, supernatural undertones’ won the 8-13 year old category. Shortlisted entries were sent to a panel of judges, including successful author and poet, Sophie Hannah, who has written a series of novels based on Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot.
As well as winning an iPad for her efforts, Lily was also invited to the festival to read her story aloud in front of a small audience, as well as meeting Sophie Hannah and the other winning entrants.
“I felt extremely happy to have won the competition; I have never won anything like this before. I love writing and sharing my ideas, characters and stories and letting other people see that they exist. It is such a satisfying feeling when you have finished writing a piece. I would say to anyone thinking about writing or entering a competition; just try your best, don’t be sad if you don’t win and just have fun writing the story.’
Newton Abbot College Team Leader of English & Media Studies, Hannah Le Couilliard, said “This is a great achievement for Lily and we couldn’t be happier for her. Creative writing is not any easy discipline, so for Lily to have achieved so much at such a young age is wonderful. We are always excited to see what our young writers can do and I look forward to reading more of Lily’s work in the future.”