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Congratulations to the winner Cody Southern, with our two runners up being Imogen Teare and Edith Clarke. There were also seven Highly Commended stories. All 10 winners received Waterstones book tokens, with their winning stories being displayed in the children’s section of Yeovil Waterstones.
The Western Gazette has joined up with Yeovil Community Arts Association (YCAA) for the sixth year to launch the Christmas Mini-saga writing competition.
This year’s theme is:-
The search can be set in any time, place or country; it can be a hunt, an investigation, an exploration, a seek and find game, or simply a good rummage around (in a box, in the past?) Your imagination is all that is needed.
But what is a mini-saga?
A mini-saga is a short story of just 50 words (exactly). In addition to the 50 words, a title can be up to 17 words.
For example: (The title) The politician’s advice to get on their bikes echoed loudly around the empty factories. Tom listened. (16 words).
He rode away, bumping over cobbles, remembering as a child his father running alongside, telling him balance was everything. In London, Tom struck gold, married ‘up’, sent his children to boarding school. They never learned to ride bikes because their father forgot about balance, and the need to run alongside. (50 words).
All entries must be received by Wednesday 15 December accompanied by the entry form. The form will be printed in the Western Gazette each week, up until the deadline.
The winners will be selected by the YCAA; they will pick five winners who will each receive a £25 book token, and will be published in the Freetime section of the Western Gazette on Thursday 6 January 2011. The following week, on Thursday 13 January, the five runners up will be published.
To find out more about our local writing competition, The Yeovil Literary Prize, and the arts in Yeovil, log onto www.yeovilprize.co.uk or www.yeovilarts.co.uk.
See the Western Gazette on Thursdays – 25 November, 2 December and 9 December 2010 for an Entry Form.