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Upper Sixth student shortlisted in the Frank Moran Young Writers Competition

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29 January 2019

Upper Sixth student, Tom Goodwin has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 17th edition of the Frank Moran Young Writers Competition.  The Frank Moran Young Writers Competition is an annual writing award held by the Liverpool Athenaeum in partnership with the Liverpool Echo and Radio Merseyside and is seen as a premier writing competition for young people aged 16-19 years of age across Merseyside.

Upper Sixth student, Tom Goodwin has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 17th edition of the Frank Moran Young Writers Competition.  The Frank Moran Young Writers Competition is an annual writing award held by the Liverpool Athenaeum in partnership with the Liverpool Echo and Radio Merseyside and is seen as a premier writing competition for young people aged 16-19 years of age across Merseyside.

Entrants had to submit an example of 1000-1200 words of original prose in the form of a short story of something that they feel passionate about. Shortlisted finalists were invited on the 16th January at the Liverpool Athenaeum and are now writing a final piece that will be judged.

Tom writes:
“I was thrilled to receive a letter back in December confirming that I had been chosen as one of the finalists in the 17th edition of the Frank Moran Young Writers Competition, a literary competition run by the Liverpool Athenaeum in partnership with the Liverpool Echo & Radio Merseyside. This is a competition for young writers aged 16-19 across Merseyside. I had entered a story entitled ‘Crook’ which was about not making quick judgements about people, and the desperate measures one might take to in order to care for their loved ones.

On Wednesday 16th January I was privileged to be invited to attend the Liverpool Athenaeum for a formal reception along with the other finalists from a number of other schools. As I arrived I was immediately impressed by the stunning entrance, spiral staircase and the rich classical decor of the rooms in Liverpool’s oldest private members club.  The Athenaeum originated in 1797 as private Library and Newsroom and it currently has a huge collection of about 60,000 books, making it one of the largest collections in private hands. I couldn’t have imagined a better location to bring together a group of young writers and I certainly couldn’t help but be inspired.

The subject of the final round is “Are We What We Seem?” and each of the finalists must produce a 1500 word, original fictional short story based around that notion. The writer of the winning story will be decided in February and has the chance to be named as the Writer – In – Residence for one year, win £1,000 and have their winning entry published in the Liverpool Echo. A fabulous opportunity for any budding writer.”

We wish Tom the best of luck and look forward to hearing the outcome of the competition.

More information on the competition and details of the Award can be found online at: http://theathenaeum.org.uk/home/frank-moran-young-writers-competition/