Judges praise budding authors

PUBLISHED: 07:56 11 December 2015 | UPDATED: 07:58 11 December 2015

Members of Honiton Young Writers group receive their certificates during a presentation evening at The Deer Park Country House Hotel. Ref mhh 5142-49-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Members of Honiton Young Writers group receive their certificates during a presentation evening at The Deer Park Country House Hotel. Ref mhh 5142-49-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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Standard high in young writers’ competition run by Honiton and District Writers Group

Budding authors from across East Devon have been commended for the quality of their entries in this year’s Young Writers’ Competition

Children’s writer, Tracy Alexander, expressed her excitement at the high standard in the competition run by Honiton and District Writers Group.

She was talking to this year’s winners and their parents as she presented prizes at the annual ceremony at the Deer Park Hotel.

She said: “I have presented the prizes for seven years here now and have learnt not to be surprised by the craft, the detail and the ingenuity that even very young children can summon when given a free rein and a pencil, or more commonly now, a computer.

“In 2015 we had a disgruntled dog in mourning for his smelly old sofa, a poignant World War Two story, the hilarious Knickered Ninjas and the most helpful pink and green spotted robot.

Winners who received framed, signed certificates, books and book tokens competed in three age groups from five to 16 and from all over the district.

Chairman of the Writers Group Pat Snelling presented The Joan Davey Award, for The Most Promising Young Writer 2015 to Sarah Underwood, from Colyton. She also thanked the judge and parents for supporting their young writers. Tracy Alexander was presented with a bouquet.

Results - five to eight years: 1 Susan Cooper-Lush (Colyford) The Knickered Ninjas, 2 Evie Sycamore (West Hill) The Magical Beach, 3 Rebecca Muscat (Rockbeare) The Book Reader.

Nine to 11 years: 1 Ollie Sycamore (West Hill) Oh Dear, The Robot, 2 Joe Wilkinson (Withycombe Raleigh) The Couch-less Couch Potato, 3 James Sutherland (Withycombe Raleigh) The Raid.

Eleven to 16: 1 Jack Lockett (Broadclyst) The Withered Tree, 2 Joseph Green (Ottery St Mary) The Patagonian Penguin, 3 William Knight (Broadclyst) Pork Chops.

Over 16: 1 Sara Underwood (Colyton) Something Blue.


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