The judges were dazzled by some of the most amazing, original and creative stories, which were submitted for our Bournville BookFest competition! Today we can announce the winners....
Best Written Story 10 to 12-year-olds:
WINNER: Alexandra Ghica for Living a Lie.
Highly Commended: Poppy Cross (Element), and Rosa Rimmington (Greek Adventure).
Best Written Story 8 to 9-year-olds:
WINNER: Aisha Jemal for The Adventure Girl
Best Written Story 6 to 7-year-olds:
WINNER: William Tew for The Boy, the Teddy and the Evil Father
Highly Commended: Jacob Silverman (Zeanune's Adventures), and Mustafa (The Jaguar and the Dinosaur).
WINNER: Jacob Darby, All About Books
WINNER: Vincent Wilkes (6), Egyptian Pyramid
Highly Commended: Thomas Randall
Prizes include top theatre tickets, BookFest VIP tickets, book vouchers and original framed pictures of book characters by BookFest authors.
Chief judge Luke Kennard - award-winning author, poet and critic, and senior lecturer in English and Creative Writing at University of Birmingham - said the winners showed huge talent:
"The winner of best poem ‘All About Books’ sums up exactly why this work is so important. I’m grateful to everyone who entered for the opportunity to read your work. You’re so talented it makes me jealous! I hope that all of you will keep writing and never stop believing in the power of your storytelling and expression."
Thank you to everyone who sent in their stories - we read every single one, during a hugely enjoyable judging session. And congratulations to all the winners, who will be receiving their handpicked prizes in the post shortly.
The StoryQuest judging panel: chief judge Luke Kennard (author and Senior Lecturer at University of Birmingham), Sala Davies (marketing, Busy Parents Network) and Director of Bournville BookFest Sarah Mullen.