14 Feb 2018 1:08 PM
Inside each of us is a natural-born storyteller, waiting to be released

Robin Moore

What a perfect quote for the launch of the 2018 Alliotts Short Story Competition.  After the resounding success of the inaugural competition last year, running it again was a no-brainer.
So why are accountants running a Short Story Competition? 

OK It is not an obvious link, but if you know anything about Alliotts maybe it’s not that surprising. 

As advisors to the education sector and our ethos of giving something back, when I came up with the idea of the competition last year it was an easy sell. We get to give something back to the education sector and we get to enjoy creative works from emerging young talent.

Encouraging Creativity

The aim of this competition is to unleash that hidden creativity. We are delighted that published children’s author Susan Moore, has agreed to be our guest judge again this year. She will select a winner and three runner ups from a selection chosen by Alliotts. Passionate about encouraging creative writing in the young, and as a children’s author, Susan is the perfect guest judge.  Her creative writing workshop at Guru Nanak Sikh Academy (last year’s winning author’s school) was a huge success and a great opportunity for the pupils to learn tips from a professional in a fun and relaxed way.

My colleagues who have volunteered to give up their time to read the entries will choose their favourites to make up the ‘2018 Hall of Fame’ on our website.  If you’d like to read some of last year’s entries the 2017 ‘Hall of Fame’ is still available.

The top four stories will be announced on 30th April. The final winner and their class will be invited to attend an exclusive creative writing workshop hosted by our guest judge Susan Moore.  A prize well worth winning!

Good luck to all of our entrants and a big thank you to Susan Moore and my colleagues volunteering their help.

And do keep a look out for our 2018 Short Story ‘Hall of Fame’ which will be published soon on our website.

 

Steve Meredith and Susan Moore, presenting an award to the winner of last year's competition

 Steve Meredith and Susan Moore, presenting the award to the winner of last year's competition