Six-year-old writer among young wordsmiths published by Hampstead bookshop

Winners of the Daunt Books Children's Short Story Competition 2014 on the steps of Burgh House with

Winners of the Daunt Books Children's Short Story Competition 2014 on the steps of Burgh House with guest author Marcus Sedgewick. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant

Wordsmiths as young as six have become published writers after winning a Hampstead bookshop’s short story contest.

The fifteen winners of an annual story writing competition for under-15s held by Daunt Books saw their words in print for the first time at a prize-giving on Thursday.

The six to 14-year-olds were each presented with book tokens and a copy of the volume by acclaimed children’s author Marcus Sedgwick at the shop’s South End Road branch in South End Green.

Manager Chris Adlington said: “It’s a nice thing to do to encourage creativity.

“The standard of the stories was amazingly high. Some of them are really amazing, you really can see real talent.”