Students from Felpham Community College are celebrating as their short stories will be published following their success in a national writing competition.
Young Writers, the national company which organises the competitions, is aimed at encouraging young people to engage in creative writing.
The company has been working with schools, parents and young writers since 1991 and Felpham students have taken part in a number of their competitions under the guidance of English teacher Stephen Castle.
Stephen said: “At FCC, we have taken part in this competition for a number of years. It is a good opportunity for students to practise their creative writing skills and an excellent experience for them if they are successful and have their work published.
“Well done to all the FCC students who took part and an extra well done to the students who have been informed they will be in the 2019 published book.”
In September, 2018, Felpham Community College was accredited with a 5-Star ‘Young Writers’ School Award.
This was presented to the school as a result of the students’ hard work, dedication and volume of entries in the Young Writers competitions over the years.
Students were required to write a short-story based on a ‘survival’ theme.
Year 9 student Ruby Hobbs said: “It is really exciting that our work is being published. I am definitely going to get my mum to buy the book!
It is a fun competition to enter as they always give good themes and the stories need to be 500 words so you have to plan out exactly what you are trying to say and not waffle!”
The competition proves popular every year, this year receiving 18,000 entries with 35 students from Felpham Community College being successful.
These 35 stories will be published in the Mission Chaos –S.O.S Stories. – Surrey and Sussex edition 2019.
This will be sent to the British Library and further libraries across the UK and will available for students to purchase.