A Year 8 student from Long Sutton’s Peele Community College is celebrating after coming runner-up in a county-wide short story competition.
All of the Peele’s Year 8s entered the prestigious contest and Samuel Eliff beat hundreds of other budding young authors throughout Lincolnshire to come second.
Submissions for the Lincolnshire Young People’s Book Award Short Story Competition were read and judged by a ‘The Thirteenth Series’ author Georgia Twynham and a committee.
Entries were open to students aged nine to 14 years-old and had to be no more than 750 words long.
A letter to Sam from judge Tarina Jones read: “‘I’m really pleased to let you know that you are runner up – the author Georgia Twynham and I thought that your story was outstanding and worthy of recognition.”
Sam told the Free Press: “I thoroughly enjoyed taking part and using my writing skills. I am extremely pleased to be a runner up and I would urge anyone else to take part.”
Head of English at the Peele Ian Corns, who encouraged the Year 8s to enter, added: “The college, his parents, family and friends are all so proud of him.
Georia Twynham said: “Once again this year I have had the pleasure of helping Tarin judge the competition and without a doubt it was as much fun as last year.
“To my excitement there were more than twice the amount of entries (which means far more cake was eaten).
“We read so many amazing stories from unicorns searching for their wings to mothers who cooked the most awful meals.
“At one point I was extremely concerned that we’d never be able to choose a winner and the chances of us both agreeing would be slim.”
Here is a short extract from Sam’s story: “Ben knew the tides and current would drag him off to the perilous clutches of the sea….The view was stunning as the birds there flew and hunted for food.
“Silently, Ben waited. Ben ran for it. He couldn’t stay any longer. He was hungry. He leaped the creamy silk-like sand.
“He knew every step was closer to the wooden steps built into the cliff edge...”