In aid of National Storytelling Week, Worcester College of Technology asked students to pick up their pens and switch on their IPads to create their very own short story.
The competition which was thought up by study centre staff at the College was designed to enhance student’s literacy and celebrate creative writing.
First place in the competition went to current Law student Thomas McSweeny. Tom, who is already a keen writer, wrote about an evil loan shark, who’s kidnapped a man who owes him money. Nothing is straight forward and the question remains, will the loan shark get his revenge?
Tom explained his delight to win the competition;
“I’m very happy! This is the first competition I’ve entered since I’ve started writing. This story is quite a dark psychological thriller and it’s something I enjoy writing about. I love writing, at the moment it’s more of a hobby, but it’s encouraging to know that my writing was good enough to be chosen.”
Further entries included ‘Red Tip’ by Lisa Taylor, a dark thriller about Valentines Day and an entry by Elen Downward who wrote a mythical fantasy.
Senior College Librarian, Wendy Parry explains the benefits of the competition,
“These competitions give our learners an opportunity to show their talent. Each year, the competition entries amaze us with their originality and skill. This year the winning short story, “Butterfly” by Tom McSweeny, was a very well crafted, dark and dystopia tale of modern life. It reminds us that not everyone lives in a safe world.”