In 2017, our Editor in Chief Sarah Cheverton judged entries to the Fratton Big Local writing competition, One Day in Fratton. The winners and runners-up in each of three categories can be found here as they are published.
9 – 11 years category
Reece recreated life in Fratton as it would have been for a working family in 1840 and made it as vivid as life in the present day.
Marnie created a surprising fantasy story that was beautifully written and kept the reader guessing til the end.
12 – 16 years category
Entries in this age category were so strong, our Ed in Chief and judge of the competition, Sarah Cheverton, insisted there were two runners-up.
Billie’s story about a young man visiting his mother used beautiful visual images throughout to lead the reader to its heart-breaking ending.
Elisa’s story brought some of Shakespeare’s characters into the modern world and celebrated the people and places of Fratton, taking the reader on an exciting journey.
Tia’s story about her adventure with the lions in Fratton not only keeps the reader on the edge of their seat until the very end, but is also a profoundly moral tale about finding safety from bullies. Tia’s story was the clear winner and very impressive.
Adult category (17+ years)
Judge’s comment, by Editor in Chief, Sarah Cheverton
Roushonara’s story of a kidnapping in Fratton keeps the reader on the edge of their seat throughout, while her descriptions of the people and places of Fratton makes the reader want to visit for themselves.
David’s story surprises the reader and challenges the way we make assumptions about people, while celebrating football, Fratton’s best known sport, and the people who love the game.