The Carole Weston Kyewski Creative Writing Competition


All competition entries were considered and shortlisted. After much deliberation the judges have announced the winners each awarded a share of the total £1050 prize fund.

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… And The Competition Winners Are:



1st Prize Winner   Annie Cashman             

2nd Prize               Sophie Stoddart     

3rd Prize (joint)   Violet Sutton and Riley Vickerstaffe             


Students across all year groups Y7-13 were eligible to enter the competition and write a short story of between 500 & 1500 words, or a poem of up to 200 words.  This creative writing competition is an annual event each Autumn and will re-open again for entries in October. (Entries to be submitted to Mr Christoffer, English Department)

We encourage as many students as possible to enter the competition. You don't have to wait until October, why not start planning and preparing your entry for the next competition now! Let your imagination inspire you to explore your creative writing talents to write a short story or a poem. You can write about anything, fiction or fact, express your thoughts or observations, create fantasy worlds or real life stories/poems - set in any time frame; past, present; or future. You might be the next JK Rowling or Maya Angelou!!

Judges Feedback And Comments:

  • I was so pleased to be part of this creative writing competition.  Having been a friend of Carole’s for over 40 years, I know she would have been delighted with the standard of writing and the thought and effort that was put into each entry.   It was extremely hard to have to pick the winners as every story showed such energy, imagination and creativity.  Well done to everyone who entered and I hope this years competition will inspire more entries next year.  I am already looking forward to reading them. 
  • So happy to be part of this wonderful Creative Writing Competition, in memory of my beautiful friend. Carole would be tickled pink to know that she is having such a positive impact on your young writers. Overall the students must be congratulated for presenting work of such high standard and attention to detail. I am already excited about the next event later this year when hopefully even more creative writers will be inspired to
  • The standard of entries of the shortlisted top ten we reviewed, felt like they were all very personal.  I loved that there was emotional energy in every one of them. It felt like each of them put a lot of thought and effort into their work.  Despite the age range of the students, the overall quality of work was more even than I was initially expecting.



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Carole Weston Kyewski grew up in Netherley but moved to California to start a new life. She sadly passed away in autumn 2019. 

To extend her legacy by inspiring other young people to be creative and courageous and expand their view of what their world could be, and to give back to the community in which she grew up, Carole's husband, Ron has very generously set up an annual creative writing competition for Gateacre School students with an amazing total prize fund of £1,050. 

Carole grew up in Netherley, attended Belle Vale and then Netherley comprehensive from 11 to 16.

She moved to America in 1979 before her 20th birthday to explore a new life.  She always wanted her world to extend beyond Netherley and the surrounding area.  Two marriages and 21 years later she met her husband Ron in 2000.  They were together for 19 years until a rare neurodegenerative disease took her life September 9, 2019 after a difficult 4 year battle. 

Vibrant, creative, smart and compassionate, Carole was a beautiful woman with a lightning quick sense of humour and passionate about writing.  She always wanted to write children’s books but dabbled intermittently as her 32 year working career and raising her two children kept her very busy.  She was really a clever poet, penning some beautiful poems. Equally, she would use her writing talents and home grown Liverpool wit to create comedic tales of colleague’s life events. 2008 Carole ron wedding SMALL

Everyone loved Carole for her bright smile, quick wit, clever brain and her engaging personality.  Her smile was brightest when she was throwing a party, being around kids and playing with her dog. She was always quick to help a friend in need no matter what.  She is, and will remain, sorely missed by the 150 people that came to her Celebration of Life and so very many more that couldn’t make it. 

“My goal is to extend her legacy by inspiring other young people to be creative and courageous and expand their view of what their world could be.  I hope this writing competition and prize sparks that in someone every year we fund this event.” Ron Kyewski.