We were absoultely delighted by the number and quality of submissions for the TORCH Storytelling Competition. With over 125 entries from 6 countries, the overwhelming response only reinforced the enduring power of storytelling.
In each category we are awarding one grand winner, and two runners up.
Winner: Rapunzel's Son, by Gabriel Chiarito
The Judges' comments on 'Rapunzel's Son' : This is imaginative, alive, and totally brilliant. The artwork is energetic and full of charm.
Little Red Karate Belt, by Shey-Ryan Brooks
Judges: A beautifully presented and genuinely original story.
Theseus, the Minotaur, and the Coffee, by Peter Kendall
Judges: This really made us laugh. It is a very composed and controlled piece of writing.
11 - 17 Category
Winner: The Sleeping Beauty, by Linnet Drury
The Judges' comments on 'The Sleeping Beauty' : A terrific story; a virtuouso blending of lots of idea, a baroque control of language and a really strong voice
Beauty Peggy and the Beast, by Isabella Rice
Judges: A very striking and accomplished piece of writing with a nice touch of the Gothic.
The cane, the hammer and Red Riding Hood, by Amrita May-Singh
Judges: Very inventive storytelling with a great sense of voice.
Winner: Echoes and Ripples, by Amy Montegriffo
The Judges' comments on 'Echoes and Ripples' : A terrific piece of work, thoughtful, engaging, and well-written.
#turniplove, by Jessica Woodward
Judges: A clever, playful, and inventive approach to narrative.
A Fairy Story: Three Wishes
Judges: This is a warm and hilarous piece of writing with a great sense of fun.
Many thanks to our judges: Professor Philip Ross Bullock, Professor Wes Williams, and Dr Anbara Salam, published author.