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From left to right: Nantisha Grant, Benjamin Rowse, Katie Turner and Molly Griffiths
From left to right: Nantisha Grant, Benjamin Rowse, Katie Turner and Molly Griffiths

Twenty four students from Plympton Academy are having their work published after entering a national creative writing competition.

Students from Years 7 – 10 were put forward for the Young Writers competition, where they had to write a mini saga of no more than 100 words based on the gothic horror genre theme, spine chillers.

Now 24 of the student’s mini sagas are going to be published in a book called 'Spine-Chillers - Grave Tales'. These are available to buy and the book will also be sent to the British Library and further libraries across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

“The students were so pleased to be selected,” said English teacher Laura Wills. “Having their work published means they will have a lasting record of their achievement.”

Year 8 student, Molly Griffiths said, “The competition gave us quite a lot of freedom to be creative, but within the boundaries.”

Benjamin Rowse, also from Year 8 added, "I enjoyed it because it challenged me."

To sum up the winning students' views, Katie Turner exclaimed, "We couldn't believe we would win. But it's really given us confidence in our writing now."

The top five writers will win a Kindle Fire HD, as well as a monetary prize (up to £1000) for the school.

“Everyone in school is very proud of these young writer’s achievements,” said Principal Lisa Boorman. “We are all eagerly waiting to hear if any of them are in the top five.”