I have been pleasantly overwhelmed by the volume of entries for BLG’s first ever creative writing competition. It seems that there are a fair few aspiring novelists and poets across the company! My fellow judge Lee Keating (a colleague at The Reader Organisation) and I have spent the last few weeks reading and enjoying all the stories and poems submitted by BLG employees or family members. Selecting our favourite entries has not been an easy task, but I am now pleased to present the winners:
1st Prize and Overall Winner
Silver by Madison Fowler (daughter of Michelle Fowler, BFS Banbury)
DIYing by Neil Warmisham, (Bibby International Logistics, Felixstowe)
Fat Julie by Judith Dean (Bibby Distribution, Meir Park)
YOUNG PEOPLE UNDER 18
The Beckham’s Break Up by Shani Evans (daughter of Karan Evans, Bibby Distribution Liverpool)
Haythom Heights by Jess Stanley (daughter of Ruth Stanley, BFS Bristol)
Beyond The Grave by Shani Evans (as before)
CHILDREN UNDER 12
My Little Fishing Boat by Emma Osborne (daughter of Jon Osborne, Bibby Maritime Liverpool)
The Rabbits by Emily Gillett (daughter of Alison Gillett, Bibby Line Group Liverpool)
What Has Happened to Freddie? by Bethany Crowther (daughter of Karen Crowther, BFS Leeds)
Special mentions also go to the powerful and poignant For A While by Louise Kellett (BFS Leicester), and the exquisitely illustrated The Squirrel and The Spell by Andrew Tait (BFS Edinburgh).
All winners receive book vouchers, and Madison Fowler will enjoy a bottle of champagne too! Madison’s short story Silver is a highly efficient description of an alternative, perhaps post-apocalyptic, culture. It is very cinematic, and contains moments of sheer lyricism. Madison’s story will be published here on the blog so keep your eyes peeled for it.
If anyone who entered would like feedback on their writing, please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org). I would be more than happy to chat about your entry with you.
Congratulations to all the winners, and indeed everyone who entered. Thank you very much for sharing your stories – I hope you continue to do so.