The 2010 Litro & IGGY Young Person's Short Story Competition

Winner: Callum Cleary from Richard Cyhalloner School in New Malder, Surrey, UK.

Callum Cleary

Callum recieved £2,500 for his award winning story, 'Points of View' on the misfortunes of a wolf pack. An excerpt of his story was placed on a specially commisioned Litro poster in Angel Tube Station on the London Underground and published in Litro Magazine.

2010 judge, acclaimed author Kate Williams said of Callum's story:

This is very impressive for a writer of 12. I think it's original and he has really tried to write something utterly different.

Tube PosterPoints of View: Wolf pack hunting, Callum Cleary

I leapt.

I hit the deer’s rump hard, and flipped over it. The lame deer span round, losing its footing and then was slammed into by Darejaw, his teeth literally skinning the deer, but didn’t penetrate. For once, he had followed orders, and Treehide was ready for his fist kill… BANG.

Treehide reared back, and ran, as a tall tailless animal approached, holding an object that shone like the moon. Pack moon was just arriving when the noise killed the deer, and they had fled. Treehide, petrified, had to be dragged away by his scruff. Today wouldn’t be the day Treehide would become an adult. I wanted to attack the… thing… but didn’t. My ancestors had told rumours about a greater animal than the honourable wolf, and now I know why. These where the animals who threw moon and sun, these where the animals witch could kill by moving a finger, these where the animals that let us starve for a day and these where the animals that denied tree hide’s adulthood.

Back in the clearing, I stood and looked at the pack.

“Brothers,” I started, and then stopped. “, where’s Darejaw?”

Award Ceremony 2010

The 2010 Award Ceremony was held at 3i Offices, in London on Tuesday 26th October 2010. Callum was awarded his prize by Patrick Dunne, Group Communicatuions Director at 3i. IGGY and Litro are grateful for Patrick’s support for the competition.