Prose Fiction Festival 2021: Flash Fiction

As we could not gather in person to celebrate the pupils’ wonderful storytelling this year, we held a virtual Prose Fiction Festival. A booklet was created with shortlisted pieces; they were superb. Years 7, 8 and 9 were asked to write ‘Flash Fiction’, a very short story beginning with one of two opening lines, ‘The first time that I ever …’ or ‘It had been so long since I…’. Each shortlisted writer has taken us in surprising and original directions, and developed character and plot in beguiling ways in just 200 words. These stories have been selected from over 300 submissions and were a delight to read.

The English department was thrilled to welcome back Adam Baron to judge the competition. Adam is the author of eight highly acclaimed novels, which have been widely translated and adapted for BBC Radio 4. He holds a PhD in Creative Writing and is Associate Professor of this subject too, at Kingston University. His first novel for younger readers, Boy Underwater, was named Waterstones Book of the Month, and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Award. This was followed by ‘You Won’t Believe This’, which was published in June 2019. These novels are moving, heart-warming and funny; I highly recommend them. His latest novel, ‘This Wonderful Thing’, was published by HarperCollins in January, and his next novel, ‘Oscar’s Weekend’, will be published in November 2021.

It is a great honour for any aspiring writer to have your work read by an author like Adam; every pupil whose work has been published in the booklet should feel incredibly proud. Well done to all who took part and to the winners!

Ms Amy Alkadhi-Gray