English Creative Writing Competition

Published 12 June


Congratulations to everyone who submitted entries for the Craven College 400-600 word short story competition judged by local author Gavin Jones. Gavin said that all entries were “really excellent pieces”. Entries could be of any genre and style, were required to be 400-600 words and were judged on originality, creativity, imagination, structure, language and readability.

The winners are:

Craven College English short story competition

1st – Hope Riley

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Craven College English short story competition

2nd – Phoebe Matthews

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Comments made by the judge about the winning entries include:

“The writer gets this sub-genre, and knows how it works. With focus and reading widely and is positively critical of their writing skills, could find a career. Impressive work”

“The idea has mileage, a nice concept that has the hallmarks of classic horror, I can imagine a Le Fanu using it”

“Real sense of place and alienation, hugely evocative and in such a short piece, that was excellent”

“Some fabulous descriptive creativity, the best in pure writing terms”

“Well constructed short, which was clear in intention and execution”

“Got across the sense of claustrophobia of a flight really well, with some well observed details”

“Use of dialogue worked really well to propel the narrative”

“Clearly a writer with great potential, could very easily progress to much higher levels of study”

“A wide frame of reference on which to draw”


Runners up in the competition will also receive certificates.

Look out for the competition again next year!

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