Short, succinct and in Spanish... A Brentwood School student has been awarded top prize in a University of Oxford competition to write a story in Spanish in no more than 100 words.
Lower Sixth Form student, Harry John, won first prize (and £100) in the Year 12-13 category of the University of Oxford’s 2017 Spanish Flash Fiction Competition and his story appears on Oxford’s MML Faculty website.
The judges were very impressed by the overall standard of entries, but felt Harry’s story deserved particular credit ‘for its combination of linguistic accuracy and creative inventiveness.’
They remarked: “A clipped and attention-grabbing beginning; a description of the character’s predicament in terms that court empathy; and a final ability to pull the rug out from under the reader’s feet – this story was impressive for how much could be crammed into so few words, all composed in accurate and idiomatic Spanish.”
Headmaster Ian Davies formally congratulated Harry on his achievement during his weekly Assembly: “This really is excellent news,” he said. “Telling a story in just 100 words is not easy, telling a story in just 100 words in Spanish is a real challenge.”
A modest Harry said: “"I was absolutely shocked and delighted to have won the competition. The idea for the story came to me quickly but the tricky part was keeping to the word limit. I would like to say a really big thank you to all my Spanish teachers for their help in getting me to a good standard."