The recent SONY Young Movellist of the Year Competition gave young people aged 13 to 19 the chance to have their full length novels published by Random House. There were some great entries. The shortlist has been announced and we're very excited about announcing the winner on 15 July.
But what happened to all those entries that didn't quite reach the 40,000 word mark, but were great shorter pieces of fiction nonetheless? Well, that's what the mini-Movellist award was all about! The award recognized the best of the best mini-Movellas, the best of the best of the best and we are now proud to announce that Phoebe O. Morakinyo has won the Mini-Movellist award for her story 'Impulse'!
Massive congratulations to Phoebe! Here is an extract of her story followed by a
short interview with her.
Mr Heron's neck quivered beneath the blade, red liquid pooling up where the tip of the knife barely pierced his pasty skin. A single drop of blood trailed down his neck. My eyes snapped upwards, fixing on his transparent blue-green eyes. They sent a silent plea, begging for what I was about to rob him of. In them I saw everything: his year old girlfriend, his teenage daughter, his family. His life. And I was about to take it away from him.
How did you react when you heard that you had won?
I couldn't believe it! I started running round the house screaming. I'd thought there was no chance for me to win so I was really shocked. Thank God I won though.
Where did you get the inspiration for your story?
I got the inspiration when I was younger. I had done something without thinking about it (flicked a boy's arm off my shoulders). Thinking about it on a grocery run with my mum, I came up with the idea.
What do you do with your time when you're not writing amazing stories?
When I'm not writing, I'm going to school, to Church, internet shopping, planning stories, revising for my GCSEs or just internet surfing :)
What advice would you give to your fellow young writers?
I never thought I'd be in the position to give advice but I'd say don't give up. Keep hoping and praying. Keep believing that God will reply. Repeat what you want to happen every day.
What's next for you and your story?
I've been working on getting published traditionally for a while. That's where my future lays. I'm still in shock that I won but this could give me that edge that I need to approach a publisher.
Read Pheobe's entry in full.
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