FIVE bright young authors have received their awards for stories that they entered into the Wonderful Writers competition.

The mayor of Wirral councillor Tony Smith invited the youngsters to the Mayor's Parlour at Wallasey Town Hall to receive their prize on Thursday, November 7.

Set up by Wirral Libraries and Read Now Write Now, the Wonderful Writers competition took place during the summer holidays and was open for children from five to 11-years-old across the borough.

Prizes included a family ticket for this year's pantomime at the Floral Pavilion, £25 worth of book vouchers and a £10 voucher.

All prized were donated by the Floral Pavilion and jointly between Wirral Libraries and Read Now Write Now.

The competition was split into two age categories and focused on the them of 'Space Chase.'

In first place was Miya Plaistow, second prize went to Oliver Williams and Abigail Woodier while in third place was Sam Clark and Oliver Miles.

Head judge and director of Read Now Write Now, Charlie Lea said: "It is a real honour to read all the children’s exciting stories, especially this year, as there was a space theme to the competition.

"As ever the standard of writing was terrific and all the children who submitted a story should be congratulated.

"We are planning a greater competition in 2020 and I cannot wait to get started all over again.

"We must thank the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral, plus Laura Pringle and everyone else at Wirral Libraries and all parents and carers who have helped their children enter the competition.

"In the year that Wirral celebrates being Borough of Culture, I think we can say that there is some awesome literary talent coming through our schools.”

The winners’ stories will be put on display in several libraries across Wirral in the next few weeks and certificates will also be sent out to schools.