A very hard task

It was virtually impossible to choose between some of the entries - the level of talent was amazing. We'd like to thank everyone who entered - especially those who said they don't normally write, and had taken it up as something to do during lockdown - you should definitely all keep writing!

Due to the standard of entries we introduced a Highly Commended award for each category - check out the winners stories below.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Younger Children Category

Winner - Brooke Harris (11)

We absolutely loved how Brooke painted such a vivid picture of a forest in her untitled story. Read her full entry here.

Highly Commended - Noah Garrett (7) 'Morning Walk'

We loved the poetic style of Noah's story. Read his full entry here.

Older Children Category

Winner - Phoebe Brooks (12) 'The Last Shard of Imagination'

Phoebe's descriptive skills are, simply put, amazing. Read her full entry here.

Highly Commended - Aaron Hawthorne (13) 'The Forest'

An almost spooky take on the effect of the pandemic on local spaces. Read his full entry here.

Adult Category

Winner - Lynn Valance 'The Mother'

A very moving story, with an unforgettable ending. Read her full entry here. 

Highly Commended - Gill D'Hooghe 'Forest'

Incredible to think that his was inspired by a short piece on Countryfile. Read her full entry here.

We hope that you enjoyed taking part in the competition and/or reading the winning stories - thank you for being so creative and hopefully we'll do this again soon!