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National story writing competition success for Banbury and Bicester College English GCSE students

22 July 2019

National story writing competition win 

A group of students from Banbury and Bicester College will have their short stories published after winning a national competition which saw 16,000 students enter. 

As part of their studies, the 21 English GCSE students submitted stories to the ‘Mission Contamination’ creative writing competition by digital printing company, Young Writers.  

The competition asked 11-18-year olds to write a mini survival saga piece in 100 words, set in an apocalyptic setting.  

Julie Rogers, English GCSE teacher at Banbury and Bicester College, entered her students for this competition in order to encourage her class to write in a creative way.  

I am incredibly proud of them

Julie said: “Entering our students certainly paid off as a whopping 21 student stories were selected for publication! A massive achievement in a nationwide competition. 

“I am incredibly proud of them and moreover they are proud and shocked that they have been picked.” 

Francis Lawson, Director of the English Faculty at Banbury and Bicester College, said: “These 21 students were chosen from over 16,000 entries, so it represents an enormous achievement for the students as well as Julie who prepared them for the competition.”  

One parent of a successful student spoke to Julie and was “gobsmacked” and said she will be ordering multiple copies of the publication to distribute amongst members of their family. 

The book, Mission Contamination - Tales of Terror will be published later this year. 

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