Dartington youngster Anna Vignieri has just been declared an ‘amazing author’ – and she is just 10 years old.
The Park School student was among hundreds of children who entered the Amazing Author Competition run by nationally acclaimed children’s writer Jacqueline Wilson.
And Anna’s short story about a Victorian grocery girl won her one of the three runners up slots in the competition – along with signed copy of Jacqueline Wilson’s new book ‘Clover Moon and a personally signed note of congratulations from the famous author.
Anna’s writing challenge was to produce a 600 word story set in Victorian times, with Hetty Feather and Clover Moon – characters from Jacqueline Wilson’s books.
In her own words Anna explained: ‘It all started when I found out that there was a writing competition going on. I found this out when I was looking through the new Jacqueline Wilson Magazine (if you don’t know who she is, she’s a famous author).
‘They were holding an Amazing Author Competition and I thought this was a brilliant idea! All you had to do was write a story that was 600 words or less, it had to be set in the Victorian era, and it had to include two of Jacqueline Wilson’s famous characters, Hetty Feather and Clover Moon.
‘I got so excited I started writing at once. I decided my story would be based on a girl who lives in a grocery shop and spends all day there because her mother is so mean. But then she finally meets Hetty Feather and Clover Moon and somehow they become friends!
‘I wrote my story in about a week and a half, waited a bit, and then sent it in. The only problem was that it was really hard to get it down to 600 words or less because I had so many ideas! It took about six weeks to find out if I’d won or not and guess what? Of the hundreds of submissions they received I was one of three runners-up! I was so happy I wanted to scream.
‘They posted my story online and I now have the new Clover Moon book with a personally signed note of congratulations from Jacqueline Wilson as a prize.’
Jacqueline Wilson has won various awards for her writing and is probably best known for her Story of Tracey Beaker which was adapted into a CBBC television series.