Two talented young wordsmiths from Bexhill have been short-listed as finalists in a national short story competition.
Jessica Jeffreys and Jessica Phillips are both in Year 3 at Pebsham Academy.
They caught the eye of judges in the Kallikids Short Story Competition which attracted more than 500 entries from across the UK.
After reading all entries, judges shortlisted 10 stories from each of four age categories – years 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Karen Bach, spokeswoman for the KalliKids Short Story Competition, said:“We were so impressed with the quality of stories we received. Both of the Jessica’s stories were amazing. The theme of the competition was shine and they certainly did this.”
Rachel Martin, Headteacher at Pebsham Primary, said: “We are very proud of all of our children who entered and are delighted that 2 of them have been shortlisted. Our school motto is ‘Pebsham Primary Academy –where every child shines’ so we felt that writing a ‘shine’ themed story was perfect for our pupils.“
Each story had to be around 500 words long. The final winners in each category will be chosen by best-selling author Jo Rees, and announced at the beginning of September.
Winners will get their stories published in both hardcopy and e-book.
The four schools with the most entries will also win a creative writing session with Jo.
Jo, who wrote the books Platinum and Come Together, said: “I loved writing stories as a child. Getting encouragement and feedback set me on my path to become a writer.
“ Until you set pen to paper, you don’t know where your imagination can take you. That is why I am so delighted to be judging the KalliKids Short Story competition.”
KalliKids is a Brighton based company dedicated to providing parents with a place to find recommended, trusted and approved family activities. The short story competition was launched back in February and the youngsters had three months to enter.
To read all the stories click to www.kallikids.com/en/KalliKids/kallikids-competition/short-story-competition-2015/story-competition-results.cfm.
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