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Girl power: Mandeville and Hillmead pupils win Bishop's Stortford MP Julie Marson's short story competition

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Pupils from schools in Sawbridgeworth and Bishop’s Stortford are the winners of MP Julie Marson’s short story competition.

She launched the writing challenge in partnership with publishing company Pearson to coincide with World Book Day (Thursday March 4).

Mrs Marson received 48 entries from children across her Hertford and Stortford constituency and, in a video message, thanked the youngsters for their efforts.

After deliberating, she decided that seven-year-old Sofia, from Mandeville Primary School in Sawbridgeworth, was the winner of the Key Stage 1 category with her entry 'The Dog That Could Talk'.

In the story, main character Lizzie adopts an Australian Shepherd dog named Benji and discovers he can talk.

The Key Stage 2 winner was Amaya, who is eight, from Hillmead Primary School in Stortford. Her entry, 'Rose the Guitarist of Stortford', saw the main character banish rattlesnakes from Bishop’s Stortford with her musical instrument.

Julie Marson's short story competition for primary pupils (44954205)
Julie Marson's short story competition for primary pupils (44954205)

The MP has published both winning stories on her website and contacted the authors to let them know that they can expect books provided by Pearson to be delivered as prizes. All entrants will receive a certificate.

Mrs Marson said: “The stories I received were brilliant. We had everything in the mix: flying whales, magical princesses and packs of wolves. We certainly have some very talented children in Hertford and Stortford.

“It was really tough to make my decisions, so a big congratulations to Amaya and Sofia. Their stories can be read on my website and I’d encourage residents to do so.

“I launched the competition with Pearson to challenge children across our community to flex their creative muscles, giving them a project to do during such a difficult time for them, their parents and their teachers.”

She has pledged to run a similar competition in future.

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