Latymerian wins Carnegie Medal writing competition

Congratulations to Ellie (Yr 7) who has been was awarded first prize in ‘The Pitch’ competition, devised by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) for the Carnegie Medal Shadowing scheme (CILIP). This national competition invites students to write a pitch for a book they would like to see on TV or the big screen. There was stiff competition, with over 300 pupils from hundreds of Carnegie shadowing groups nationwide taking part, which makes Ellie’s win so impressive. The competition was judged by professional TV writer, Paul Powell.

Ellie’s pitch was for a film based on Eva Ibbotson’s The Morning Gift. As well as providing details about the setting, characters, musical score and adaptations needed, Ellie included a sample of her own screenplay for her entry.

Miss Costelloe, Assistant Librarian and leader of Ellie’s Carnegie reading group at Latymer Upper, said: “We could not be prouder of her achievement. Ellie’s pitch shows imagination, an eye for detail and impressive writing skills!”

Ellie’s entry was also praised by the ALCS and has won her a host of prizes, including: a tablet, copies of all the Carnegie and Greenaway shortlisted books, tickets to attend the prestigious Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards Ceremony in London on 19 June, and £500 for Latymer’s school library! Her work will also be published on the ALCS website and in their monthly magazine, ALCS News (subject to permission from the original author).

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