Students from across Huddersfield New College have taken part in the College’s annual creative writing competition, Short Story, with this year’s entrants putting their creative writing skills to the test with their flash fiction pieces on the theme of ‘dystopia’. The judges were thoroughly impressed with the quality of this year’s entries, which explored a range of dystopian futures from natural disasters to the concept of free will.

The College’s English department, alongside the LRC, hosted a special lunch to celebrate the students who had entered their personal fiction pieces, with prizes being awarded by the College’s Principal, Angela Williams.  

Congratulations go to Jade Jones, whose short story titled ‘Hell’, explored a near death experience and the concept of hell. In a close second was Jessica Wilkinson with ‘Ragtag’, a story of natural disaster, and a group travelling the blighted landscape they find themselves in. Third place went to Gabrielle Herbert with her tale ‘Controlled’ which explored a future where once-humans no longer possessed free will and were now ‘the controlled’.

Special commendations go to Toby Aspinall and his story ‘Silence’ and Romana Asif with her story ‘Death Mission’, and a special mention also goes to Konrad Zmuda Trzebiatowski for his story ‘Catastrophic Explosion’.

Sarah Newton, Teacher of English, said “Our annual Short Story competition encourages students from across the College to engage their literacy talents and I’d like to thank every student who took part. As always, the quality and breadth of writing talent was impressive, and the judges had a difficult job in picking out the winning piece. Congratulations go to our winners Jade, Jessica and Gabrielle, whose stories explored a wide range of dystopian topics, and kept the judges glued to the pages to the very end”.

Our 2019 Short Story Anthology can be found here.