Youngsters stand tall in short story writing competition in Boston

The short story writing competition celebration evening at Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre, with MP Matt Warman (left).
The short story writing competition celebration evening at Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre, with MP Matt Warman (left).

Talent was not in short supply when a short story writing competition was held in Boston for the area’s youngsters.

The event was organised by Discover Volunteering on behalf of Young Lincolnshire and the Lincolnshire Council For Voluntary Youth Services.

It attracted more than 80 entries from the area’s young people, who also helped in the planning and judging of the competition.

Fifteen judges selected eight highly commended entries and three overall winners from the submitted pieces.

More than 40 people, including the winners and runners-up, family and friends, then attended a celebration evening at the Revue Bar, in Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre, in Boston.

The youngsters heard their stories read by Raye Otter, members of Cutwater Productions, and Boston and Skegness MP Matt Warman.

Pete Read, director of Discover Volunteering, said:  “The competition was a great success and the judges commented on the outstanding standard of entries received.

“We were delighted Matt Warman volunteered to read a winning story and present the certificates. We look forward to running a similar competition next year.”

The winners who all received a certificate and £50 were:

- Age 5-to-11 category: Thomas McMeechan

- Age 12-to-16 category: Myles McEvoy

- Age 17-to-21 category: Daisy Reid

The eight highly commended stories which received a Waterstones voucher and a certificate were written by: Olivia Clay, Harriet Moore, Isabelle Harmon-Chaffinch, Olivia Atkinson, Harry Blackman, Sam Despicht, Malena Baxter, and Joshua Brooks.

“Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable evening,” said one parent. “Our daughter was very proud to hear her story read out and pleased to receive her certificate.”

Another parent said: “We would like to say a huge thank you for organising last night’s presentation evening and everyone else involved.

“It was great to hear all the stories that had been awarded highly commended plus the worthy winner stories. We really enjoyed the evening.”