Posted on: November 18th 2019

The King Prize

During October we were delighted to welcome our sponsors Melanie and Ross King into Whole School Assembly to present the King Prize for Creative Writing.

The prestigious King Prize competition is now in its eighth year. With a £100 prize generously sponsored by the prolific local authors Melanie and Ross King, this challenge is open to Marlborough School students in Years 10, 11 and 12.

This year, two further judges generously gave up their time to read, evaluate and debate the merits of the different stories alongside Melanie and Ross, including Lorna Fergusson who has published two novels: The Chase and An Oxford Vengeance; Lorna’s short story, ‘Salt’ won the Historical Novel Society’s 2014 short story award. The fourth judge was Thomas Mogford, who has published a series of mystery novels set in Gibraltar, several of which have received accolades from national newspapers. His books Sign of the Cross and Hollow Mountain were shortlisted for Crimefest’s ‘eDunnit’ award.

These four professional writers had the challenging task of short-listing six entries and then selecting the winning story. Excitingly, Melanie and Ross were joined by Thomas at the prize-giving.

In the assembly, Melanie described how difficult the short-listing task had been, with much debate between the judges as there was so much imagination and talent on display in the very varied narratives. She also expressed that the standard of entries was ‘excellent’ and that they feel it’s improving year on year.

This year the finalists were:

Bertie Warr (Year 13); Polly Hipkiss (Year 13); Anna Payman (Year 12); George Guillain (Year 11); Grace Boag-Matthews (Year 11); and Jack Barton (Year 11).

Congratulations to Anna Payman, who scooped the top prize with her story ‘Lost Things' which can read below:

Anna Payman - 'Lost Things'

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