Two city wordsmiths are celebrating this week after being named runners-up in the National Young Writers’ Award.
Eight-year-old Oxley Park Academy pupil Zaeema Assad and nine-year-old St Mary’s Church of England School pupil Benjamin Champion fought off tough competition to be recognised as wonderful wordsmiths.
The contest, organised by tuition provider Explore Learning, was judged by bestselling author Jonathan Meres and attracted almost 15,000 entries. Youngsters were tasked with writing a 500-word story based on the theme Strange Events & Peculiar Happenings. Zaeema penned a tale entitled The Mysterious Forest, while Benjamin named his yarn Meet Dylan.
Carey Ann Dodah, head of curriculum at Explore Learning at Explore Learning said: “This year’s National Young Writers’ Awards attracted more entries than ever before so Zaeema and Benjamin should be very proud of their success.
“Yet again we have been blown away with the amazingly creative, funny and astonishing stories. I can’t emphasise enough the benefits of writing for children; it gives them an outlet to escape into a whole new world, one where anything goes and they are boss! We’re thrilled to see so many children enter this year.”