Talented teen on writing shortlist

Young writer Hannah Sayer from Standish
Young writer Hannah Sayer from Standish

A WINSTANLEY College student is a step closer to her dream of becoming an author after being shortlisted for the Falmouth University Young Writers’ Prize.

Hannah Sayer, 18, from Standish, is taking A-levels in English language, literature and creative writing. She entered the competition in November, submitting her entry called What Goes Around Comes Around about a boy with an alternative view of the world.

Since then all the competition entries have been read by judges from the university’s School of Writing and Journalism.

From this, the top 10 were passed to external judge and novelist Allan Boroughs who chose his top three stories, which included Hannah’s work.

She said: “It is exciting to be shortlisted for a prize; I love writing and in the future I hope to become a novelist so the recognition is a real boost.”

Hannah will now travel to Falmouth for an awards ceremony and can take part in a professional writing skills workshop. The winning entries will also be published in a special edition of the university’s literary magazine WiTH.

After her A-levels, Hannah hopes to go on to study creative writing at Lancaster University. Her tutor Fran Pridham said: “We have some really talented young writers on our creative writing course and Hannah being shortlisted for this prize is testament to her hard work and literary talent.”