Budding writer to be published author

Callum Crossland has won a Young Writers competition. (d15021209)
Callum Crossland has won a Young Writers competition. (d15021209)
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A SCHOOLBOY will soon become a published author after impressing the judges of a literary competition.

Callum Crossland’s short story Deathly Graveyard will feature in an anthology of work by young authors.

The 12-year-old from Roberttown entered the Mini Sagas New Adventures competition organised by Young Writers along with classmates at Mirfield Free Grammar.They each had the difficult task of writing an imaginative and exciting story in just 50 words.

Callum, of Fountain Drive, said: “I thought I had as much chance as anyone so I might as well send it off, but I didn’t think I’d actually win it.”

His mum, Rachel Crossland-Green, said the first she knew about it was when a letter of congratulations arrived from the competition organisers. She said: “When I gave Callum the letter he was like ‘Oh wow, have I really won it?’”

Callum said: “I was amazed, I couldn’t believe it!”

Now the whole family are looking forward to getting a copy of the book, Mini Sagas - Swashbuckling Stories Northern Legends, which hits the shelves on May 31.

Rachel said: “We’re both really excited to see Callum’s story in print, I’m very proud of him.I’ve ordered three copies of the book already. One for me, one for him and one for his grandparents!”

A copy of the book will be kept in the British Library for future generations to enjoy, and will be available in many libraries around the country.