Commonwealth Class Short Story Writing Competition
The British Council and the Commonwealth Secretariat recently ran an international short story writing competition based on theme of ‘Belonging’ which received over three thousand entries
from both school children and teachers from Commonwealth countries around the world.
Ngozi Rasak-Soyebi from Zamani College,
Kaduna, Nigeria is delighted to be named as one of the winning entries and was awarded 2nd prize in the (7–10/ 11-14, teachers category)
Each Commonwealth country has a rich heritage of storytelling which was reflected in the competition Pupils aged 7-14 years and their teachers were invited to express their experiences and thoughts around
‘Belonging’ in the form of a short story or an illustration.
Ngozi’s story details of the daily pressures on, and temptations for, an abandoned street child in the city are cleverly described, and the hint of a permanently happy ending is both comforting and neatly managed.
The competition was judged by the children’s author and former Children’s Laureate Anne Fine and also by the British Council’s Arts department.
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