Lewis Challinor received a Highly Commended award in The Petersfield Bookshop’s Ghost in the Bookshop – A Short Story Competition.
Entrants were invited to pen a ghost story set in a bookshop that could be read out loud at a nice dramatic pace in less than 20 minutes.
The 17-year-old wrote his story in just one week – highlighting his amazing talent for creative writing.
The competition was in celebration of the bookshop’s 100th anniversary and entries were judged by author Michelle Magorian, whose work includes Goodnight Mister Tom and Just Henry.
Lewis then received an email from the competition organiser announcing he had been highly commended for his story.
The organiser said: “Thank you so much for taking part in our competition. There were nearly 300 entrants of all ages and from as far afield as Nigeria, India and America. It was a delight to read all of them. We have never done anything quite like it before and it was an exciting and fascinating thing to be involved with. There was such a wealth of talent on display in the stories we received. With so many entries we thought it only fair to add some Highly Commended stories for special mention.
“We really are very grateful to all of you for your enthusiasm and skill and time in getting involved. We honestly do believe that lots of the stories we received ought to have a further audience and if any of you find homes for them in magazines or anthologies please do let us know.
“We hope that Lewis continues his writing and takes all opportunities to enter further writing competitions.”