Talented young writers have enjoyed their first taste of success after winning top prizes in a short story competition.
Three overall winners were chosen at the end of the Bishop’s Stortford College Festival of Literature Short Story Competition.
The announcement and prize-giving ceremony marked the end of a week of literary events for the annual festival.
A total of 15 entries were shortlisted in the competition and a winner was chosen from three age categories.
Tullulah Torrance, of Stapleford Abbotts, won the 6-10 age group with her time-travelling tale of a trip to Ancient Egypt; Katie Rushton, of Saffron Walden, won the 11-15 age group with her suspense story with a twist; and Sarah Silk of Buntingford, won the 16 and over age group for her exploration of a Holocaust survivor’s terrifying memories.
The winners were given a certificate, book tokens and a Pauline Francis novel of their choice.
Entrants in the competition were asked to write no more than 500 words, containing the sentence “If there was an answer, he’d find it there”.
It was judged by Hertfordshire Early Year librarian Jane Mellors, young adults’ author Pauline Francis and Herts & Essex Observer editor Paul Winspear.
MP Baroness Shirley Williams also appeared at the prize-giving ceremony and gave a talk about her love of literature and how she felt Victorian writers had shaped her political career.
The festival had included talks by novelists and poets and events for young people and schools to take part in.