Young Ross-shire Writers Competition 2020
Ross-shire Writers ran its tenth and final competition for Primary Seven pupils in 2020. We have taken great pride and pleasure in running this annual event. Over the ten years, 603 pupils have submitted their original creative writing, winning £900 in all.
The reduced number of entries this year reflected the Lock-down and early school closure due to Covid-19. We commend those 23 pupils and their teachers who did take part and we were delighted with the high standard of entries. The winners are as follows:
First Prize - £50 was awarded to Aspen Eveleigh of Ben Wyvis Primary for her story Disneyland Disaster.
Here’s what the judges had to say...
This is an interesting and imaginative story, well-constructed with a strong beginning and ending, and narrated with humour. The way it opens with the focus on the dragon and only reveals the Disneyland setting later was clever. The judges especially liked the vivid descriptions and good use of language.
Second Prize - £25 was awarded to Brett Macphee also of Ben Wyvis Primary for his story The Uncharted World.
This is a bold attempt to describe a VR gaming experience. It’s full of energy, sound and colour, and you can really feel Johan’s excitement. There’s a sense throughout of not knowing what’s real and what’s not as it moves rapidly from one VR state to another, punctuated by messages and short bursts of dialogue. The ending sums it up!
Third Prize - £15 - was awarded to Ferne Winton of Coulhill Primary for her story The Tunnel of the Four Doors.
Feedback stated that…
Your story is well written and imaginative. It grips the reader’s attention as the character ventures downstairs, is drawn into the tunnel and then has to face whatever lies behind the doors. Your descriptions of what he/she finds are graphic and the fear seems real, as though these phobias were your own. We’re curious about what was behind Door Number 3 which wasn’t opened. Well done!
Highly Commended - Imogen Macdonald of Cromarty Primary for her story The Egregious Emporium.
The judges said…
We loved the zany, quite surreal humour and wordplay in this story. It probably owes a debt to Alice in Wonderland with its clever use of sizes and distances shrinking and growing unpredictably. By the time we meet Mr Toy-Eater ((Toyota?) in his emporium we are ready for just about anything to happen. Perhaps the ending could have been rethought to give the reader some sense of conclusion.