Congratulations to 17-year-old Lucie Stanfield who has been awarded first prize in two national creative writing competitions.
Lucie, who is studying English Literature, Creative Writing and History at Winstanley College, firstly combined her subject knowledge to create a winning entry for The Army’s poetry competition. Her poem, entitled ‘Truce’, cleverly entwines two different perspectives on the beaches of Dunkirk, one from real soldiers and the other from young boys playing soldiers.
This clearly impressed the judges and she was picked as overall winner in the youth category from hundreds of entries. On 24th April, Lucie will attend the awards ceremony at London’s National Army Museum where will also read the poem aloud.
Success doesn’t end here for Lucie as she has just found out she has also won Chester University’s Flash Fiction competition. The contest challenges writers to pen a short story with a maximum of 360 words. Lucie’s story ‘The Mermaid’s Purse’ was partly inspired by her own childhood memories and love of the beach but has a deliberately shocking ending to contrast with the happiness of the rest of the story.
Gareth Twose, Lucie’s English teacher, is understandably extremely proud commenting: ‘Lucie has an amazing talent for writing combined with a fantastic imagination which is a winning formula. I’m so pleased it’s been recognised by being awarded first prize in two prestigious competitions.’
Lucie added: ‘When I found out I had won two competitions I was surprised but very happy to have my work recognised. I am especially looking forward to going to the awards ceremony in London next month. Both competitions offer £100 of book vouchers as first prize which will come in handy as I am starting university in September.’