A group of young people have become published writers while still at school. The thirty two pupils have a story published in an anthology to celebrate National Short Story Week. Their stories were chosen from nationwide entries to last year's National Short Story Week Young Writer competition for year 7 and 8 pupils.
The anthology â€' "The Mistake: 32 stories to make you think, shiver and smile" â€' is published on Monday November 17th, the start of this year's National Short Story Week (and can already be pre-ordered). It will be available as an ebook and paperback exclusively from Amazon. All proceeds from the anthology will be donated to Teenage Cancer Trust.
National Short Story Week Director, Ian Skillicorn, says: "We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the talent of our young writers than to have their work available in print, and for that work to help young people and their families who are going through a challenging time in their lives. Not only are these pupils now published writers, they can take great satisfaction in knowing that their stories will make a difference to other young people just like them."
"Our young writers were very inventive in how they chose to interpret the title "This Mistake." Their stories show a remarkable level of maturity, and encompass serious issues such as the tragedy of war, bullying, gambling and homelessness. But there are lighter moments too, and some poignant explorations of what it is like to be a young person growing up today. Whether making us think, shiver or laugh, these young writers have all written highly accomplished tales."
Hailey Acton DeBoik of Teenage Cancer Trust says: "We are ever so grateful to be benefiting from this wonderful project. What an innovative way for young people to help other young people by showcasing their talents."
Young Writer, and the overall winner of the competition, Gemma Craig-Sharples of Ursuline High School in London says: "I was really happy when I found out my story had won. I hope people enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it."
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