A YOUNG Worcester bookworm’s tale of her own Bonkers Monster has seen her named among 10 winners nationwide of a creative writing contest.
Anika Gulati, who has recently left Our Lady Queen of Peace School, was the only Worcestershire winner and her story of ‘Cassie56’ was chosen from more than 10,000 entries from across the UK.
Organised by Young Writers, the Bonkers Monsters challenge tasked young writers to come up with a short story about their monster character with a creative writing goody bag on offer for the winners.
The 11-year-old is an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction and takes keen interest in writing short stories and poetry.
Her stories have been previously selected for publication in the Worcester Litfest Young Writers’ Anthology a few times.
She has also won the under 16s award for her poem titled ‘Wonderful Watersides of Worcester’ in a competition organised by The Ring 21 Miles project – an art programme sponsored by Canal and Rivers Trust- in 2018 and was also a finalist in Young Poet Laureate Competition 2020.
Proud dad Atul was thrilled with his daughter’s ‘tremendous achievement’ and said: “Anika always loves to share her joy of books with other children along with encouraging young ones by reading books in her spare time and has been inspiring them to be passionate about the magical world of books.
“She also was a part of the school reading club helping the younger children along their reading journey.
Anika will now see her story published in Bonkers Monsters: Fantastic Fiction
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