We are delighted to announce that our Year 6 Pupil, Daniel Langley, is the winner of the Derby Book Festival Flash Fiction Competition for 11 years and younger, with his stirring fiction ‘Soldier’s Way Home’. 

There were 539 entries across the 3 age categories on the theme ‘Home’, and entries had to be no more than 50 words. One winner and two highly commended runners-up were chosen for each category by a group of judges. 

The group of judges were Jane Bettany, who is a Derby-based author, whose first book ‘In Cold Blood’ will be published in November 2020, and Russ Thomas, who will have his second novel published in 2021, plus Liz Fothergill, Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire and our Festival Chair.

Jane and Russ commented, “As we celebrated the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II this year, this was a very topical story. For me, it perfectly encapsulated the thoughts of a weary soldier returning from war, and remembering his fallen comrades. I thought the writing was clear and precise, and yet able to stir emotion in the mind of the reader.”


Read Daniel’s competition winning Flash Fiction below:

Soldier’s Way Home

Wearily, he strode up the lane. Contentment and joy ran through his aching body at the sight of his home: an image which had sustained him for so long. His thoughts turned to his friends who could not return. Their sacrifice brought him home. He would remember them often.