FIVE students at a Darlington school let their creativity flow to win a national story writing competition.

Pupils at Hummersknott Academy used their spare time to hone their creative writing skills to produce a story in 100 words that has a twist in the tale.

Some used inspiration from classic fairytales to create their own original tale, while others adapted an existing story, such as The Wizard of Oz.

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The winning students - Alanah Chambers, Owen Slater, Olivia Rowell, Emmarose Phillips and Catherine Roberts - will now have their mini sagas published in the book 'A Twist in the Tale,' representing the best young storytellers in the country.

A spokeswoman for the school said: “Catherine, who wrote an original story, and Owen, who adapted the Wizard of Oz, said that they had enjoyed the challenge of writing the story and had a good feeling seeing their work published.

“They were really pleased that their English teachers had encouraged them to enter the competition. Olivia also chose to adapt a fairy tale, choosing Cinderella as her inspiration.”

The competition was open to 11 to 18-year-olds across the country.

English teacher, Gail Trappe, who co-ordinated the entries said: “This competition has been a fantastic opportunity for our students to demonstrate their creativity and explore their imaginations.”