The winner of our national creative writing competition, announced today, will see their work published later this month in an AQA e-book.
Linus Head, a year 10 pupil from Lytchett Minister School in Dorset, beat off stiff competition to claim the first prize for his story, Attack, involving a lizard, under the competition's theme 'adventure'.
His prize included a creative writing workshop delivered at his school by award-winning author Alan Gibbons. The Carnegie-medal shortlisted author made his special visit to the school and spoke of the need for more creative writing within the classroom. Along with Linus' winning entry, nine other shortlisted entries will appear in the e-book.
The teacher-turned-author, who also judged all the entries, described Linus' short story "Attack" as 'an assured and impressive piece of work'. He said: "I will not spoil the ending for the reader, but it has a marvellous twist which clarifies the whole piece beautifully."
He also praised all the shortlisted entries, saying: "They prove that a vivid imagination can interpret the theme of adventure in a myriad of ways. I was deeply impressed by the originality and ambitious technique of each writer, with stories ranging from the humorous to the deeply moving."
English teacher Mrs Edna Hobbs, who entered several students from Lytchett Minster School for the competition, said: "I was absolutely delighted when AQA rang to tell us that Linus had won. His story focuses on seeing things from someone else's perspective, which is a valuable life skill. Creative writing helps develop students' powers of observation and reflection; but more importantly, everyone loves a well-told story."
Discover Linus's story for yourself and find out more about our new Creative Writing A-level launching this September.