A short story competition was organised in the run-up to the 2019 festival.
For adults, the competition was run in collaboration with the creative writing group Minehead Writers.
Short Story Competition: 16+ years old
The winner in the adult section, who wishes only to be known as Ms L Robinson, won with a story entitled ‘Minexmagicorland’. Entrants were invited to write no more than 500 words of prose or poetry on the subject ‘Minehead: Gateway to Exmoor’ and Judge, author Tessa Hadley, said of the piece:
An older cousin persuades a bored younger boy to see the landscape around Minehead as the scene for marvellous fantasy adventures. This story did imaginative, fun things with a tricky title: just as Alex did for little Tim, it turned the mundane into something magical – which is exactly what one wants from a good bit of fiction!
To view Ms L Robinson’s winning piece, click here.
For children, the competition was facilitated by West Somerset Academies Trust, supported by Café Write.
Judge Victoria (Tortie) Eveleigh said:
It was an almost impossible task to pick a clear winner in either age category as standard of the short-listed entries was exceptionally high; eventually I chose the following two entrants winners whose contributions stood out as exceptional:-
In the 5-8 year old section, writing up to 250 words on ‘The Magic Train’ – Rhys Norman
• Amelia Cliffe
• Grace McLoughlin
• Lily-May Brooke
• Lyla Poole
To view Rhys Norman’s winning piece, click here.
In the 9-15 year old section, writing up to 500 words on ‘The Day All The Teachers Disappeared – Isaac Blazey
• Anya Moore
• Charlie Kellet
• Lily Kean
To view Isaac Blazey’s winning piece, click here.
Winners were announced at Minehead Literary Festival on April 27, and the winning entries were published in the West Somerset Free Press and displayed in Minehead library.
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