Derby Book Festival Flash Fiction Competition Winner

Congratulations go to Maria Rowlands in Year 7, who is the 2023 Derby Book Festival Flash Fiction Competition Winner in the 12-17 age category.

Students were challenged to write a poem on the theme of light in 50 words or less and Maria’s poem really stood out. There  were  557 entries from across the city in the various age categories, so competition was strong.  Maria wins a £50 book token and has had her winning poem published on a bookmark, which was distributed to the public during this year’s festival.

Maria’s Winning Poem

Is it a feeling? An emotion? An object?
I’ll tell you.
It’s when you understand Pythagoras;
When people like you for who you are;
When your sibling comes running to you at the end of the day.
It’s when you feel loved, respected.
This is light: indescribable yet perfect.

Maria with Mr K Greig (Head of KS3 English)