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My Biggest Influence writing competition: win 75 with YouByYou Books

My Biggest Influence
Writing Competition Spring 2013



The Other C. Marsh
Clare Marsh
Horsmonden, Kent


Mother Loss
Amelie Tobben
Cranbrook, Kent

My Father
Vivienne Seakins

Mike Long

A Humbling Experience
Margaret Deaville
Ullesthorpe, Leicestershire

A Quiet Conversation
Michael Whitehead
Sutton, Surrey

Congratulations to our Winner and Runners-Up. We were delighted with the high standard of writing and the variety of stories we received.

Many entrants chose a family member to write about, but their influences ranged from the inspirational to the benign and the occasionally destructive.

The winning entrants all captured both the character of the person who had influenced them, and a self-awareness of how they had been affected as a result. Balancing these two elements often involved a seamless journey across continents and centuries.

Another influence was a person met, perhaps briefly, but what they had said or how they had behaved had resonated down the years.

Thank you to everyone for their stories. We hope you enjoy the winning entries: click on the title to read each story.

1st prize: A 75 gift voucher
Runners-up: a World Book Night edition of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

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