Sheffield schoolboy is named one of the best writers in a national competition

Ethan McCoy, aged seven, from Greystones Primary School, who has been named a runner up in Explore Learning's National Young Writers' Award.
Ethan McCoy, aged seven, from Greystones Primary School, who has been named a runner up in Explore Learning's National Young Writers' Award.
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A talented schoolboy from Sheffield has wowed judges with his imagination in a national writing competition.

Ethan McCoy, aged seven, from Greystones, has been named runner up in Explore Learning’s National Young Writers’ Award.

The Greystones Primary pupil fought off tough competition from children all over the region with his story, The Flying Pigs.

The competition, now in its sixth year, was judged by award winning illustrator and author of the Tom Gates series of books, Liz Pichon.

This year’s task was to write a 500-word story with the theme fairy tales and fables.

Since launching, hundreds of thousands of children all over the country have taken part, overwhelming the team at Explore Learning with their imaginative tales and creative stories, and this year was no different.

Liz said: “All the finalists’ stories were fantastic. 
“I was so impressed at the incredibly high standard of writing.

“There were some amazing, creative, interesting and funny tales.

“It made picking a winner very hard.

“Well done to everyone who took part.”

Explore Learning, which provides English and maths tuition to children aged five to 14 ran a number of fun, free writing workshops all over the country.

Carey Ann Dodah, head of curriculum at Explore Learning said the aim of the awards was to encourage children to pick up a pen and paper and give story writing a go.

“We have been thrilled with the quality of entrants we have received this year,” she said.