Banchory school boy wins Flash Fiction prize

A Banchory school boy is among the winners of a short story competition which challenged entrants to tell a tale in just 100 words.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 3:17 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th March 2021, 7:40 am
Daniel O’Flynn

Organised by the University of Aberdeen, the Flash Fiction contest set budding young authors the difficult task of creating a unique story in a very short format.

Launched in November 2020, as part of Book Week Scotland, t his year’s Flash Fiction theme was ‘The Future’.

The winning author in the children’s category was eight-year-old Daniel O’Flynn who attends Crathes School in Banchory with his story ‘A friend for everyone’.

His inspiration was a robot squirrel – ‘an animal so smart that it could clone itself’ to ensure everyone in the world has a friend.

Head teacher Maureen Fraser said the school were delighted Daniel’s imaginative work has been picked as the winning entry from the dozens received.

“Daniel shared his exciting news on Google Classroom and the school have celebrated his achievement through our school newsletter,” she added.

Alex McCall, who has enjoyed his own literary success through his books Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens, said the imagination displayed in the entries had been exciting to see.

“The stories were really inventive and well written, though some were bleaker than others!” he added.

“There are some really talented young authors out there.”

The Flash Fiction competition formed part of last year’s Book Week Scotland and the young writers were supported in creating their pieces through a series of Alex’s animated tutorials.

Jennifer Shaw, Assistant Curator of the University’s Museums and Special Collections, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic created new challenges for us in running our events.

“It has been so encouraging to see how well authors of all ages embraced our new virtual format and the standard of entries has been as high as ever.

"It made for some really tough decisions for our judging panel.”

The winning stories and a selection of other entries can be viewed online by visiting