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ASPIRING authors have been awarded prizes for a short story competition.

Bookends gallery and bookshop, in Gaol Lane, Sudbury, invited entries of under 2,000 words, featuring a Suffolk place or character, in adult and children’s categories.

Sudbury mayor Tony Platt and competition judge Peter Thorogood presented first place winners with cheques for £50, while all winners had their work published in a book, which they signed copies of.

Bookends owner and judge Julia Prior said: “It was absolutely packed right through the gallery – the kids were thrilled to bits.

“They were really nervous and didn’t know what to expect at first, but when the mayor turned up they felt really important and really got into the book signing.”

Emma-Louise Samuel from Sudbury won the adult category with Sudbury Notorious, while Anne Grimshaw, Roger Burden and Rob Guyton came runners-up.

Kentwell Hall Spooks by 12-year-old Jessica Williams, from Little Waldingfield, claimed first place in the children’s category. Jenna Helms, 10, from Bury St Edmunds, Georgina Martin, nine, from Great Cornard, and 11-year-old Max Platten, from Sudbury, came second, third and fourth respectively.

Bookends is offering six weeks of short story writing classes with tutor Pat McHugh, from Friday, October 14. For more information, call the shop on 01787 881232.