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Budding writers from Sudbury receive praise from leading children’s author Anthony Horowitz

PUBLISHED: 19:27 04 November 2017 | UPDATED: 20:10 04 November 2017

Children celebrate the launch of Sudbury Library's 500 Words short story collection

Children celebrate the launch of Sudbury Library's 500 Words short story collection

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Budding writers have had their stories published to raise money for their local library and received high praise from a leading children’s author into the bargain.

Novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz Novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz

Sudbury Library held a short story competition over the summer holidays where youngsters were challenged to write an entertaining tale of up to 500 words. They received 44 pieces of work from children aged between 6 and 13 years which have been compiled in a collection published by printing firm Lavenham Press who supported the competition by producing and printing 100 copies free of charge.

On Saturday, the children came together to celebrate the launch of the book and to hear who had won the competition.

Isabel Barlow’s tale ‘A funny penguin meets a friend’ came top in the age 6 to 9 years category while ‘High Score’ by Tommy Bentley won in the 10 to 13 years age group. Winners and runners-up received a copy of the collection signed by Anthony Horowitz who also wrote a foreword for the anthology.

Mr Horowitz has written more than 40 books, including the bestselling teen spy Alex Rider series and was commissioned to write a new James Bond novel – Trigger Mortis.

Some winners and runners-up of Sudbury Library's 500 Words short story competition Some winners and runners-up of Sudbury Library's 500 Words short story competition

In his foreword he wrote: “These stories provide a wonderful illumination into the way young people think....I was hugely impressed by the language used by many of the contributors.”

Trudi Salter at Sudbury Library added: “The stories were fantastic - it was really difficult to pick a winner. We loved reading them.”

Some copies of the book are still available at Sudbury Library. Each copy costs £5 with the money going to Suffolk Libraries and the Friends of Sudbury Library.

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