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CATS' Twist on a Tale: Pearson competition winners

Student stories 9 March 2021

Two CATS Cambridge students have been chosen as winners of the Pearson Edexcel Writing Competition. Logan from South Korea was selected as the East Anglia winner of the ‘My Twist on a Tale: Everyday Heroes’ writing competition. His work titled ‘The Cape Around My Neck’ excelled out of thousands of entries, and it is now one of the fifteen stories published by Pearson. Artur from Poland won the KS4 category in the competition for his short story: ‘Meow’. 

The book that contains these pieces, My Twist on a Tale: Everyday Heroes Winning Stories, is being released to celebrate World Book Day and is available to download on Pearson’s website with all budding authors receiving their very own hard copy as part of their prize. The book is available to download for free here

Watch Artur reading his story here.                           The book is illustrated by Liliana Perez, c/o Collaborate.

Logan’s imaginative story is about a boy having lucid experiences, entering three different tunnels that present him with different scenes: in the first, he sees himself in a hospital bed, being cared for by a heroic family. ‘People say that a parent with a child has been blessed’, he writes. ‘Sometimes I wonder if I’m the one that’s been blessed’.

Artur’s enthralling story is told from the perspective of a cat, dazzlingly described as ‘a breed of animal that carries an amount of sass, utmost royalty, and an unhinged resentment for all life so grand, it pierces the heavens till present day.’ 

Over 1200 children and young people entered the competition with winning stories being picked across 15 categories including Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 5 and from all regions in the UK. From medical staff during the COVID-19 pandemic to supermarket delivery staff, parents, grandparents, pets, community members and guide dogs, the everyday heroes came in all shapes and sizes.

Katy Lewis, Head of English, Drama and Languages at Pearson said: “Logan and Artur should be extremely proud of the stories they have written. Their imaginations and writing skills are outstanding. It was an incredibly difficult decision choosing from the 1000+ stories we received, as they were all fascinating to read, but Logan and Artur’s pieces really stood out and deserve their place alongside the other 12 winners who have built a collection of short stories that celebrate a diverse and modern-day Britain.”

Annie Everall of the story-reading organisation ‘Authors Aloud’, who selected Logan in the East Anglia category, described Logan’s story as ‘a very clever take on presenting the concept of “everyday heroes”. It's a fresh, original idea based on the concept of the video game; i.e. starting in a room with three exits, each leading to different scenarios.’ She continued: ‘Logan’s language is evocative, with good use of description, and the story overall demonstrates imagination, intelligence and compassion. I found it intriguing and thought-provoking.’

Gill Worrall of the Coram Beanstalk literacy charity, who picked Artur as her top competition winner for Key Stage 4, said: ‘No matter how tough you think you are, everyone needs someone - that's the message I took from Meow, a beautifully descriptive story charting the relationship between a free-spirited cat and a lonely old lady. The cat's job is to keep the old lady company but it soon becomes clear that the need is mutual. A cleverly written reflection of the year we have had and the importance of being there for others. Very poignant.’

We congratulate both Logan and Artur and wish them every success with their developing literary futures.

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