Newsgroup Short Story Competition Winner


Newsgroup recently ran a short story or poem competition on our social media, read the below short story from winner Colleen Waters. 


By Colleen Waters (Age 11)

Lizzie was reading a book when she heard a bang. “What did Sean do this time”, she mumbled while walking into his room.  Then it hit her, Sean was vexed because they were going to boarding school in England. “I don’t want to go’ he roared, but they didn’t let him stay. The next day on the train to the airport, Lizzie gazed out the window at the rain. All too soon they were at the airport.  The flight was ok, except for the occasional cry of a baby.  After an hour of traveling they got to the boarding school. They walked in and were given the key of their dorms, and they parted ways to go to their rooms. Lizzie was introduced to her roommate Laura. Sean’s roommate was Jack.

The next morning in math’s class the teacher made a horrible announcement, that a student had been rushed to hospital with a bad virus. All that lesson Lizzie thought long and hard about this virus.

The day after St Patrick’s Day they were watching the news when the reporter said over 100,000 people have the virus, and countries were on lockdown.

A week later as Lizzie walked home from the library, she got a phone call. It was the hospital, Sean had got the virus.  With tears in her eyes she asked, “Will he be ok? I’m on my way.” When she got to the hospital she saw Sean and asked how he was.

When she got home that night she looked for a cure. She discovered a formula that would help slow down the virus.

The next day she went to the hospital with the cure. The cure was flawless. It cured everyone.

Lizzie woke up to realise it was all only a dream.

Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks

Sarah has worked in marketing and content creation for many years. In her role at Newsgroup, she is the online editor of with a particular interest in local news and events. Sarah also works closely with our editorial team on our printed editions in Tallaght, Lucan, Clondalkin and Rathcoole/Saggart. If you have a story and would like to make contact please email Sarah at


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