Sam Davies

The story telling skills of a computing student at City of Wolverhampton College have bagged him first prize in a creative writing competition.

Sam Davies, aged 16, who is studying for a Level 2 extended certificate in ICT, came top in a competition run by the college’s English department and Study Hub to encourage creative writing and develop students’ use of English language skills.

Students were invited to submit a short story of no more than a thousand words, a poem or an article on the theme of science fiction, ghosts, gothic and horror, memorable memories or a non-fiction topic.

Around 25 students entered the competition and Sam’s story, Beach, Normandy Beach – about the horror of war – was judged to be the best, earning him a cheque for £50.

Sam said: “I’ve done a bit of writing in the past but this was my first full-length story, and once I’d got the idea in my head the words just flowed. When I was told I’d won first prize I really couldn’t believe it and it’s inspired me to go on and write more.”

Jayne Walters, curriculum manager for English and maths, said: “Having good English skills is an essential requirement for employers and developing these skills is an integral part of all our courses. The competition was an opportunity for students from all subject areas to put their skills to the test and we were very impressed with the standard of entries received.”

 The second prize of £25 went to A Level student Isabelle Asbury for her story Death’s Dance, with counselling student Marquita Markland’s entry What Do You See? winning the third prize of £10 and a stationery set.

 Read the winning stories here


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