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And the winners are...

We are hugely excited to announce the winners of our 'Tell a Tale' Short Story competition - Christian (aged 12) and Eloise (aged 11).

Back in October we launched a competition asking young people aged 7 to 15 years to get in touch with a piece of their own creative writing, inspired by the works of Quentin Blake.

We couldn't have been more thrilled by the response, receiving nearly fifty entries of superb writing. From magical adventures to history and horror stories, many different themes were explored and it's safe to say that the young people of West Berkshire have fantastically wild imaginations!

After much deliberation we are excited to announce the two winning entries: The Truth About Unicorns by Eloise (aged 11) and Flight Gone Wrong by Christian (aged 12). Here's a snippet from both of the winning stories:

The Truth About Unicorns by Eloise
Unicorns are good, Unicorns are cute. Unicorns are magical. Unicorns are actually NONE of these things and I'm just messing with you! Unicorns are actually little demons in my view... let me share my story with you. Let's begin.

Flight Gone Wrong by Christian
In the middle of autumn, the leaves were rays of sunshine falling from the trees. In the silver birch tree was a humble bird's nest, containing two birds and their eggs... As time passed, all the eggs began to hatch bringing these birds into the world; all but one.

We would also like to give special commendation to the following entries: The Swamps by Dylan (aged 11) Gothic Horror Story by Fleur (aged 12), Poppy by Jessica (aged 9), Grace and a Power - The Unleashing by Joshua (aged 11), Monsters vs Aliens by Ollie, Jamie and James, The Missing SC Toys by Sophie (aged 8) and 77 Wisteria Way by Valerija.

The standard was incredibly high and we would like to thank everyone who took part - they were a joy to read. If you missed out on the competition, or are now feeling inspired, why not join in the fun and write something creative? You can let us know how you get on by tagging us on social media, @thebasegreenham. Happy writing!

Read the winning entries in full below!