A Southam College pupil’s creative writing skills have impressed prestigious writers to win her a place in the final of a writing competition open to young people from across the world.
Fifteen-year-old Brittany Lowe has been shortlisted as one of six finalists - along with writers from South Africa, Pakistan and Palestine - in Warwick University’s IGGY and Litro Young Writers’ Prize for her story, The Wall.
IGGY is the university’s online educational and social network for young people and the prize is open to IGGY members aged 13 to 18 years. Southam College is one of the network’s pilot schools.
Entries - judged by a panel including BBC broadcaster John McCarthy CBE, creative writer Francis Gilbert and critic Ian Sansom - had to take on the theme of ‘dream’. The winner will receive £2,000, while the five runners-up will be awarded £200 each.
Brittany, who was born in the USA, said: “I am so honoured to have been shortlisted. Writing means everything to me and I am so proud of myself for achieving this. It has given me the urge to continue to pursue my dreams in writing and has given me a huge confidence boost.”
Sam Tarling, head of year 11 at Southam, said: “Southam College was one of the first pilot schools for IGGY in Warwickshire. I am so proud that one of my very own students has had a fantastic success in being shortlisted. What a fantastic accomplishment and a real honour. To us, Brittany is already a winner.”
The overall winner will be announced on IGGY.net tomorrow (Wednesday).