Huddersfield New College’s Short Story Competition has seen students from across the College enter their personal works of fiction as part of the College's annual creative writing competition. This year’s theme was ‘open’, so entrants included a diverse array of genres, from horror to heartbreak and soulmates to superheroes.  As always, the standard of writing was very high, and the judges were impressed with the outstanding creativity each story-teller demonstrated in their writing.

Today the College hosted a celebration event to recognise the winners. Prizes were presented and students enjoyed lunch with Principal Angela Williams and the judging panel. The winning entries can be viewed here

Congratulations go to Lauren Hunter who won the first overall prize with ‘A Sense of Normality’. Lauren’s story explores a young man’s journey from visual impairment to sight, and the emotional moment he sees his mother for the first time. Second place went to Jamie Smith, who wrote about adventure and risk taking with his short tale, ‘Volatus Educatio’. ‘Auribus Teneo Lupum’ by Amber Turner came in third place, with a chilling horror story which blurs the lines between nightmare and reality.

Rebecca Hill, College Librarian, says “The judges were very impressed with the breadth of genres that this year’s competition inspired. It was hard to pick between the stories, as each had their own merit. Though the judges liked many of the stories, we particularly enjoyed Lauren’s entry. The narrative was full of raw and honest emotion, based on Lauren’s own experience. This added an extra layer of meaning, and combined with her imagination and creativity, made ‘A Sense of Normality’ a strong favourite with the judges. Congratulations to all of our amazing entrants!”


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