15 Sep 2020

Mystery Short Story Competition – Winners Revealed

The winners of this year’s mystery short story competition for children and young people who are aged 8 to 18 and resident or schooled in Devon were revealed this evening in an announcement on the Festival’s YouTube channel by Martin Edwards, President of the Detection Club, who praised the exceptionally high standard of entries in both categories. 

Younger Writers Category

Winner
Funeral for a Friend by Noah McLaughlin-Mills, aged 11.

Runner-Up
The Missing Compass by Grace Tennant, aged 11.

Highly Commended
The Mystery of the Missing Bestie by Eve Hunter, aged 12; and
The Mystery of the Unlocked Door by Alice Henderson, aged 13

Older Writers Category

Winner
The Coroner’s Report by Tiana-Louise Hammond, aged 16.

Runner-Up
East of Eden by Sophie Thwaites, aged 17.

Highly Commended
The Heirloom by Anouska Galvin Mayes, aged 14.

The Festival Team thank:
– the competition judges: the authors John Curran and Patrice Lawrence; and Dee Laljee, manager of Crediton Community Bookshop.
– the competition sponsors: PKF Francis Clark, Hachette Children’s Group; HarperCollins UK; and Wollens Solicitors Torquay
– the partner organisations which worked hard to raise awareness of the competition, leading to a record number of entries this year. These include Devon Arts In Schools Initiative Arts, DoorstepArts, Libraries Unlimited, LiteratureWorks, Onyx Media & Communications Ltd, The Torbay Weekly and other newspapers. 

The International Agatha Christie Festival is supported by Arts Council England and, among others, The Linbury Trust which provide financial support for the Festival and Festival projects. The Festival will return in September 2021.