Bolton School Pupil Wins Oxford Uni Spanish Flash Fiction Prize
Anna Clark, a pupil in Year 10 at Bolton School Girls’ Division, has won joint first prize in the Year 7-11 category of the inaugural Oxford University Spanish Flash Fiction Competition! Her 100-word story is about someone losing a member of their family in a tragic accident, and she wrote each sentence in English before translating it into Spanish.
The judges were very impressed by the overall standard of entries, but felt that Anna’s deserved commendation for its combination of linguistic accuracy and creative inventiveness. Their remarks read:
“What made this story stand out was its combination of the focus on a single moment which flash fiction often elicits (here, interestingly, via the character’s own highly focused gaze) together with brief glimpses of something greater. The story’s suggestion that this short-term focus was a necessary strategy to block out other, broader, and painful memories was evocative and compelling.”