Judges of ‘Shape Your Story’, a creative writing competition run by Year 9 and 10 pupils for Years 7-9, were blown away by the standard of work submitted, both written and artistic.

The competition was devised by Julia, Satvika and Valentina who volunteer in the Tonbridge site library as part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.  Each story had to be just 150 words long with an accompanying cover illustration and entries could be individual or in pairs or threes. Writing a complete story in only 150 words is quite a challenge but the authors managed to convey a range of emotions within this tight remit, and the judges went from feeling genuinely moved to thoroughly spooked. With such a diverse range of high quality entries it was extremely difficult to select the winners. Well done to everyone who entered, and to Julia, Satvika and Valentina for coming up with such a great idea.


The winners were:
Year 7
The Ominous Oak Cabin by Holly
Just Another Patient by Rebecca

Year 8
Bella and Barley by Martha

Year 9
The Drunk Deceit by Emma and Emily


Runners up:
Year 7
A Whole New Feeling by Grace and Nabeeha

Year 8
Faded by Lily
Crossed Worlds by Lilly

Year 9
The Crow in the Mirror by Abbie and Maisie

Highly Commended:
The Shot by Isla and Erin
The Mannequin by Isabella and Darcey
The Curse of Words, The Gift of Eyes by Daisy (incredible artwork!)
 Now or Never by Adan
The Accident by Rose and Clarissa
A Butterfly Under a Blue Moon by Georgia

Montage of covers for short stories