Kai Waldron in Year 7 won the Regional Finals for the Young Writers competition and was the National runner-up out of 14,000 entries. He wrote a 500 word mash up story which combined two different genres. The competition was judged by best selling children’s author, Lauren Child, whom Kai greatly admired. Kai, who comes from Harefield in Middlesex and attends St. Martin’s School in Northwood, received his cup, certificate and trophy at the Explore Learning Centre in Ruislip on Sunday 26th June.
Kai said “I would like to congratulate Gracie Harding on winning the overall competition, and to the ten finalists who did fantastically well.
I would like to thank Lauren Child, an inspiring author who judged this competition. With over 14,000 entries, it is a massive privilege to think that this bestselling writer has awarded me with the title of the Regional Winner, and National runner-up.
My comical piece was the mix between an action story and comedy. I named the piece; Wonder Dog. It was about a dog who was secretly a crime-stopping superhero. The dog spun into his super suit as the owner rumbled away in his car. I described the feeling of when he is flying and scouting for trouble. I chose a typical damsel in distress who was being mugged by two thugs. I conveyed the sense of anticipation and enthusiasm as an action scene commenced. But then after he returned the bag to the stunned woman, he heard the gurgle of his owner’s car halt in his drive. I started the final paragraph with him flying through the window and colliding into the washing machine. The dog manages to whizz out of his costume and pounce on his bed just as his owner entered the house.
Many authors including Lauren Child have convinced me to write my own short story, or even an actual novel. I have considered the path of an author as a career many times, and I am certainly willing to try.”Return to news