‘Big Story Writing Challenge’ Winners Have Works Published By Fonetti

The winners of The Leeds Castle ‘Big Story Writing Challenge’ are to have their winning entries published on Fonetti, the listening bookshop platform, (www.fonetti.com), who, in partnership with leading publication, The Primary Times, sponsored the event.

The competition invited children from 5-13 years of age to enter an original fictional story of up to 900 words with the theme of ‘One Golden Day’. This theme was inspired by an event when Henry VIII stayed at Leeds Castle en route to meet the King of France for a jamboree, since known as ‘The Field of Cloth of Gold’.

National treasure, Clare Balding, was in charge of judging the 20 finalists, split into categories 5-9 and 10-13 years of age. The winners were announced as:

  1. 5-9 years of age:   Leyla-Maria Tezer 
  2. 10-13 years of age:  Ralph Hayward 

As well as having their stories published on Fonetti, winners will receive:

Comments Clare Balding, “The level of story telling in this years Leeds Castle Big Story Writing Challenge has been exceptional and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading every one of them.

“Supporting children’s reading and writing skills is vital and I am thrilled that the stories from this years winners will be published on children’s reading platform, Fonetti, meaning that they will be available to be read by children across the world!

“The imagination and creativity that has been displayed by the young authors this year has been inspiring, well done to them all.”

And, says Kim Antoniou, CEO/Founder, Fonetti, “Huge congratulations to all of those who entered this years Leeds Castle’s Big Story Writing Challenge – a fantastic achievement.

“And a special well done to our worthy winners!

“We are passionate about stories at Fonetti and love diving into new tales.  We can’t wait to bring the winning stories into our interactive library, for thousands of other children to enjoy.”

Helen Bonser-Wilton, CEO, Leeds Castle adds, “We were delighted to be able to host the Leeds Castle’s BIG Story Writing Challenge again, after what has been a very challenging time for youngsters, we were amazed at the imaginative stories submitted.

“It’s thrilling for our finalists to have Clare Balding presenting at the Awards Ceremony and we are grateful to welcome Fonetti as sponsors and delighted they will feature our winning stories on their platform for everyone to enjoy.”

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