A BASINGSTOKE schoolgirl has been announced as the winner of an international writing competition with a terrifying tale about a bank-robbing granny.

Ten-year-old Holly Hancock has won WordHound's monthly writing competition for July, with a piece imspired by the coronavirus pandemic.

Her mum, Nic, said: "She is absolutely thrilled. It's her first writing contest. Her Daddy is a writer so she's following in his footsteps. She worked so hard on this story. She's dancing around the house!"

WordHound has been running the competition since May 2020 as a way to beat the lockdown boredom, and it was so popular it has become a monthly event.

The winners receive a prize pack of books, sweets and stationery.

Holly won against children from all over the world. WordHound regularly receives entries from the US, India and Dubai.

More information about the competition can be found here: https://www.wordhound.co.uk/competitions/

To read Holly's entry, visit: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uHKiuHqve65b9R3zIy3Q4eO9FR7NmUUA/view