Saffron Walden Competition Winners presented with prizes by Best-selling Author

Three Saffron Walden schoolchildren, who won a story-writing competition, have been presented with their prizes by the judge and bestselling children’s author, Marcus Sedgwick.

The competition was run as part of “Words in Walden”, the 2011 Saffron Walden Literary Festival and sponsored by leading local estate agent Mullucks Wells.

Marcus Sedgwick, whose work includes The Raven Mysteries, launched the contest by giving local children the opening lines of one of his novels. Their task was to continue the opening paragraph, write a summary of the story and the closing paragraph.

The competition was open to Year 7 and 8 students, aged 11 to 13. The winning entry was by Rhiannon Bruce from the Friends School who received £150. The runners up, who received £50, were Sonal Ladwa from Friends and Sophie Reynolds from Saffron Walden County High. All three girls were presented with their prizes by Marcus Sedgwick on Saturday at Mullucks Wells’ Saffron Walden office.

David Emberson of Mullucks Wells said: “What a great opportunity to see the imagination and writing skills of Saffron Walden’s young people. This is the first competition that we’ve run as part of the literary festival and the standard of entry was exceptional. But Rhiannon’s winning entry was a very funny story called “Flea Terror” and it really caught our eye.

“Who knows, we may have just seen the first official work by the UK’s next bestselling author!”