Create with ME winners announced

24 June 2020 | College News

Not long after the UK went into lockdown, the College’s English department invited students to explore their creativity by holding a short story competition.

The competition, which was open to all students at the College, was organised to try and promote a love of English and to remind our students how fun writing is.

Emma Lindsay, who organised the competition, said: “We’d seen such brilliant work and creativity from our students in class that we thought it would be wonderful to offer an opportunity to be creative to all students across the College. So much work in class is focused on exams, and while they are important, it can make us lose sight of how much fun English can be!

“We have been amazed by the creativity and quality of the stories entered, and it has been great to see writing from students from different faculties. The judges must have had a tough time narrowing down the winners as there were so many excellent stories. We are looking forward to publishing some of the best on our blog for the whole College community to read.”

The overall winner of the competition was Jonathan Wallen, who is studying for a Foundation Degree in marine engineering. Jonathan said he only heard about the competition a week before the deadline, but as a keen writer in his spare time, he decided to enter a semi-autobiographical piece. Hear an extract of his winning entry, Coffee with Preoccupations here:

In second place was Hannah Phillips, who has just completed an Access course at the College and is looking forward to studying marine biology and coastal ecology at Plymouth University in September. A huge fan of Stephen King, Hannah said her story, The Curse of the Stolen Book, is partly inspired by a drive through some woodland on a snowy day.

You can hear Hannah reading an extract of her story here:

Third place was awarded to Will Painter, who hopes to study an Access course with the view of gaining a place to study history at university. Will said he based the story on something he had written for GCSE English.

Here is an extract of his story, Moor or Less:

To read all of the story entries, please click here.

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