08 March 2021

No flash in the pan!

First year A-Level English Literature and English Literature & Language students at USP College Palmer’s Campus recently took part in a Flash Fiction competition organised by English teacher, Marcus Brown.

Flash fiction is the name given to short stories generally between 500 and 1000 words. Students were able to write about any subject, theme or genre they wished, with the winner receiving a certificate and several books by established authors on the subject of fiction writing.

The overall winner was Charlotte Daems, 17, from Rainham, for her story ‘Deadweight’ and the runner-up was Olivia Lovett, 16, from Grays, for her story ‘Visit’. Each story is very different but both are equally gripping and engaging. Click below to read the winning entry and the runner-up.



Nicole Dragos and Christian Moran were both shortlisted.

Marcus Brown, English teacher said: "The quality of entries was very high, and it was very difficult to select a winner. The winning story Deadweight was original and well-written. There will be more competitions throughout the year, and I would encourage anyone who is interested to take part. It just goes to show how much talent our students have. Well done everyone!"


To find out more about our English Literature and English Literature & Language courses visit USP College English courses