A Year 12 student at King Edward’s School in Bath, Meg Lintern, has won a prestigious Author of Tomorrow Award for her short story, An Adventure at Sea.
The story journals a young refugee’s near-fatal attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea with her younger brother.
The Author of Tomorrow Award is designed to find the adventure writers of the future.
Part of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, it is an annual competition open to young people, aged 21 and under, who have completed a short piece of adventure writing in English.
Meg’s story won the 16-21 yrs category and will feature in the Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation’s 2019 anthology, Survival, Spirits and Submarines. Ten Tales of Remarkable Adventures.
It is the third time this year that Meg’s writing has attracted critical acclaim. Earlier this year her piece entitled Lest we Forget was one of 10 Highly Commended entries in the UK-wide Young Walter Scott Prize for writers interested in history and writing.
Following this, Meg won a Keats-Shelley Young Romantics Prize for her essay on Manfred: Glory and Ruination.
“Meg is so incredibly talented, and it has been wonderful to see her developing as a writer over the years, expanding her range, exploring different forms and really finding her ‘voice,’” said Mrs Bruton from the English Department here at KES.
“She is a fantastic role model for many of our younger writers in the School, so many of whom come along to Creative Writing Society and enter our annual poetry and short story competitions.
“We hope they will take inspiration from Meg and send their stories out into the world. These young KES authors really are the voices of the future!”