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Young Haverhill writers rewarded for their literary work




Prizes have been presented to the winners and runners-up of a short story competition run by West Suffolk College in Haverhill.

The winners received their prizes at the Park Road site from Haverhill Mayor, Cllr John Burns.

The Haverhill Lions donated £30 of Amazon vouchers for each winner and £15 for each runner-up.

From left: Elaine Simmons (West Suffolk College), Carol Cianciola, Richard Pound (Haverhill Lions), Cllr John Burns and author Gillian Luckett with the short story prize winners. Picture by Steve Barton
From left: Elaine Simmons (West Suffolk College), Carol Cianciola, Richard Pound (Haverhill Lions), Cllr John Burns and author Gillian Luckett with the short story prize winners. Picture by Steve Barton

The children were asked to write a 500 words story on any topic when the competition was launched at a story-writing workshop last October’s half-term week.

Author James Campbell helped deliver the workshop and the entries had to be submitted in the week of December 14.

The stories were judged by Haverhill authors Carl Mynott and Gillian Luckett.

Elaine Simmons, the manager of the West Suffolk College in Haverhill and Newmarket, said: “The diversity of the subject matter was very impressive.

“We’ve got some really creative people in this town and it’s really nice to boost that at this age because the earlier you celebrate it the more likely that they are going to build on it.”

The winner of the 5-8 years category was Holly Bowyer, with twins Dylan and Morgan Morris the runners-up.

In the 9-13 category Lucy Lafond won and Eve Richardson and Ariane Chodorge were runners up.


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