Wisbech Grammar School pupil wins short story contest for ‘original, well-executed’ depiction of East Anglia

Anton MacNab, Winner of the John Gordon Short Story Competition 2015

Anton MacNab, Winner of the John Gordon Short Story Competition 2015 - Credit: Archant

A talented 12-year-old pupil at Wisbech Grammar School has claimed a top prize for an ‘original, well-executed’ take on the detective story genre.

Anton MacNab, 12, of Wisbech, won first place in the annual John Gordon Story Competition for his story with a local setting, Fenland Fugitive.

The contest, now in its sixth year, is named after a past pupil of the school who has published 15 fantasy novels.

Simon Pitt who judged the event and works for the BBC said: “These stories evoke the landscape of East Anglia. It’s the tiny details in them that amuse and delight me.

“This year’s winner surprised me with its difference and its witty story, and made me smile. An original idea, attention to detail and a playful style bring together a neat, well-executed story.”

Anton was presented with a book token and a certificate by head teacher Chris Staley.

Runners up certificates were awarded to Rosie Muspratt, Thomas Newby, Kasia

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