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On a balmy London evening, young writers joined IGGY and Litro at an awards ceremony at the 3i offices to announce and celebrate this year’s winner for the annual International Short Story Award for Young Writers: Layla Hendow, with her story La Maison de Dieu.
The pre- and post-ceremony reception allowed the young writers to talk to various members of IGGY and Litro while drinks and canapés were served. Patrick Dunne of Warwick University Council and Alumnus opened the ceremony with a welcome speech, in which he encouraged the shortlisted winners—and all young writers—to pursue their passion and nurture their talent. Speeches were also given by Professor Margot Finn of Warwick University and Eric Akoto, Editor-in-Chief of Litro.
At the ceremony, Layla Hendow was awarded a cheque of £2,500, and an extract from her story read out loud by Peter Blegvad, who is a writer, illustrator, songwriter, broadcaster, and a teacher on Warwick’s Creative Writing Programme. Layla’s story will also be published in the Sunday Times Magazine.
Due to the exceptional standards of the entries this year, all shortlisted entrants—Kate Baguley, 19; Ruth Ingamells, 19; Charlotte Poulter, 19; Chester Pylkkanen, 13; and Lillian Fishman, 17—were also awarded £250 each by the University of Warwick and IGGY.