Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe 2020 Competition Results

Competition results for the Young Writer Competition and Flash Fiction 2020.

Young Writers Winners 2020
Years 4-6


1.    The Pop-up book – Daisy Jenkinson (Kings Hawford)
2.    Opposite Day – Arlo Cocklin (Claines School)  
3.    The Castle of Doom – Sophia Smith (Claines School)  


Years 7-9


1.    Which Choice? – Cerys Wright (Christopher Whitehead School)
2.    Info in Pictures – Ibrahim Yahie (Brentford Post Code)
3.    The Day I was Saved by a Whale Shark – Daniel Thomas (Blessed Edward)


Years 10-12

1.    Waves – Daniel Tipple (Blessed Edward)
2.    The Painted Frames of Silver – Joshua Falcon (Baxter College, Kidderminster)

Flash Fiction Winners 2020


First “Her Final Goodbye” author: Georgie (Georgina) Bull
Second “False impressions” author: Yvonne Clarke
Third “Smoke Without Fire” author; Susan Howe

Congratulations to all the 2020 Winners!

Worcestershire Literary Festival Supports Young Author

012There is a theory that we all have at least one story in us and many of us dream of seeing that work published for all to enjoy.  Lisa Ventura was delighted to meet a young author who has done just that.

At only 10 years old, Kay Baxter from Malvern and a pupil of Malvern St James Girls’ School has already published her first book ‘Mespirita’ and picked up a few fans along the way.

Lisa went to meet the young author at Malvern St James last Thursday and has read the book that Kay has published as part of an independent learning project that pupils at the school are encourages to take part in.  She said: “I was thrilled to hear about Kay’s book and wanted to meet this young author and congratulate her on such an amazing achievement in publishing “Mesperita”.  Part of the Worcestershire Literary Festival’s ethos is a desire to  encourage, support and promote young writers and authors and Kay is a great role model for this, showing initiative and commitment well beyond her tender years.  We would like to congratulate her on her achievement and wish her every success with her published book.”

Kay began work on her book for her Year 6 Independent Learning Project with the aim of writing a long story and then, using Amazon’s self-publishing tool ‘Createspace,’ see it through to publication.  Set in the fantasy land of Mespirita, the reader joins Jim and Emma on a journey of dreams, elves and a treacherous mission that may cost them their lives!

“I am so happy I have achieved what I set out to do!” said Kay. “I have wanted to be an author since I was very young and love dreaming up imaginary worlds. My form teacher, Mr Charles, introduced me to Amazon’s “Createspace” and he has been so supportive during the whole process. I can’t wait to get started on the next one!”

Kay’s book ‘Mespirita’ is available for purchase via Amazon priced £2.99 – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mespirita-1-Tales-Kay-Baxter/dp/1482006022/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368283152&sr=8-1&keywords=Kay+baxter.

From all of us at the Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe, well done Kay and we look forward to reading your next book!