Young writer wins national competition

Jessica Phillips - KalliKids Short Story winner 2015 SUS-150909-141611001
Jessica Phillips - KalliKids Short Story winner 2015 SUS-150909-141611001

A talented young writer from Bexhill has won a National Short Story Competition and says she can’t wait to see her words in print. Eight year old Jessica Phillips, who attends Pebsham Academy, has been named as a winner in the Year 3 category of the KalliKids Short Story Competition.

Her story, entitled ‘Keep On Shining’, was among more than 500 entries nationwide, and was chosen as the overall winner by bestselling author, Joanna Rees.

Headteacher of Pebsham Academy, Rachel Martin, says they are absolutely delighted by Jessica’s success. “She is a credit to our school and represents the talented pupils we have here at Pebsham Primary Academy,” she said. “Our school motto is ‘every child shines’ and this is Jessica’s moment to shine.”

For the contest, youngsters had to pen a 500 word story around the theme of Shine. There were four age categories to enter – year 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Jessica’s story was shortlisted as a finalist in July before being judged by Joanna Rees, author of Platinum and Come Together, over the summer.

Joanna said: “This was a fabulous story. I loved reading about Mr Shine. Jessica had some lovely descriptions and used dialogue to great effect. She plotted out such an emotional story. It was a very satisfying read.”

As a winner Jessica will see her story published in a hardcopy and e-book along with a £20 book token. Jessica can’t wait to see her words in print and said: “I Felt spectacular when I heard I had won!”