A Winter’s Tale

Country Child’s recent short story competition asked young people to compose a winter-themed piece in 400 words. This was all the stimulus that avid writer Jennifer A (Year 7) needed. Her story, simply entitled ‘Winter’, begins with an ethereal, almost haunting setting, with its protagonist walking in a snow-laden wood. All too soon she is joined by the winter spirits with their icy eyes and translucent skin…

Everyone at Country Child loved Jennifer’s story. In fact, they loved it so much that she was selected as overall winner in the Dorset category. Head judge, author Olivia Tuffin, gave her thoughts on why she particularly liked Jennifer’s story above all others:

‘I was hooked from the very first (beautifully written) line! It was very atmospheric with fantastic description, especially of the forest. I actually felt quite chilled whilst reading, which is a mark of a super author! I loved the mysterious and spooky ending – I want to know more about the winter spirits! Really excellent – well done!’

A parcel filled with lovely Smiggle items is making its way to Jennifer’s home and Country Child will be publishing the story in the winter edition of the magazine which will be out shortly. Very well done to Jennifer – everyone is so proud, the prep English department in particular!

Suzanne Chinnock
Prep Head of English and Drama

‘Winter’ by Jennifer A.