Isabella Harrod, aged 10, from Bromley High School, has won a top prize in the annual Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) Creative Writing Competition. Her story ‘My Role Model’ beat 16 other entries to take first place in the junior category.
The theme of this year’s competition was ‘role models’ and entries were judged by adult and children’s author Anne Fine, an alumna of Northampton High School, GDST. Commenting on the overall quality of the entries, Anne said: “The standard was excellent. A good number of the stories have that intriguing quality that makes us want to read on and know more, and that’s the most essential ingredient for any piece of writing. Storytelling is a splendid and enriching way for girls and young women to find their own voice and reflect on their place in the world.”
Praising Isabella’s story she said: “The story about the Minions is a complicated idea, well knitted together. It’s amusing and very, very different. The two sides of friendship are set neatly against one another in the story, which ends up being both light and memorable.”
Isabella commented: “I really enjoyed writing this story. It has given me inspiration for my future writing”.
Isabella will receive a prize of £100. Visit https://tinyurl.com/qahvgax to read her story in full.
The GDST intends to publish all winning and highly commended stories in an ebook.