Young storyteller Niah Sebastian tackled the thorny issue of plastic pollution for her entry in the BBC Radio 2 500 Word Challenge.
The Brentwood Preparatory School pupil took two weeks to draft her submission in the annual story-writing competition which has quickly become one of the world's biggest short-story writing competitions for children.
Nine-year-old Niah, who was inspired by BBC nature documentary series The Blue Planet, received a certificate for entering the competition and was rewarded with a Headmaster’s Award for her efforts.
Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Chris Evans launched the 500 Word Challenge in a bid to get children excited about reading and writing. Entrants write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 Words or fewer and submit it online.
Niah, who is in Year 4 at the Prep, had been learning about character building and story writing at School and wanted to use her new-found skills in the competition. Her love of marine life, combined with watching the impact of plastic pollution on baby whales in The Blue Planet documentary, inspired Niah to read more about the subject.
A number of other Prep pupils have also taken part in the competition. The Top 50 stories in the 500 Word Challenge will be announced in early May and those children will be invited to attend the final at a location in London on Friday 8th June 2018.