Writers impress in 500-word challenge

Berkhamsted Writing Competition 2013
Berkhamsted Writing Competition 2013

Budding authors put pen to paper to show off their creative skills and raise more than £1,100 for the Hospice of St Francis.

The charity challenged writers to come up with a 500 word story for its annual Berkhamsted Writing Competition and it inspired more than 275 people to come up with page turners.

Berkhamsted Writing Competition 2013

Berkhamsted Writing Competition 2013

The winners were announced at the hospice’s new Spring Centre on Wednesday with judges and authors Freya North, Jonathan Stroud and Alison Baverstock.

The overall winner of the adult category was Mark McKew from Hemel Hempstead with his story Shadows And Dust.

Winner of the primary school category was 11-year-old Boxmoor Primary School pupil Eve Broadbent, who wrote Mr Cunningham under the ‘caring for others’ theme.

Judges from Berkhamsted cafe Make Believe Ideas described it as having a ‘gripping start and progressing at a good pace’.

The secondary school section was won by Anna Wood, 15, from Ashlyns School with her story Moment under the ‘time is precious’ theme.

Judge and fantasy writer Jonathan said: “The standard of this year’s writing competition was so high and the quality and range of writing was excellent.

“I was looking for pieces that were complete, satisfying stories that were stylistically good and that were otherwise original or memorable in some way.

“The top three stood out for me pretty quickly as definite emerging talent and we hope this competition will inspire them to continue writing and make it to a kindle or bookshelf one day soon.”

A full list of winners and runners up can be found on our websites.