Poignant homeless tale wins Caterpillar Story for Children Prize

Read the winning entry, ‘The Man in the Hole’, by Yorkshire GP Chris Preece

Chris Preece, a doctor from Yorkshire, winner of the Caterpillar Story for Children Prize 2016 with  The Man in The Hole. Illustration: Will Govan

Chris Preece, a doctor from Yorkshire, winner of the Caterpillar Story for Children Prize 2016 with The Man in The Hole. Illustration: Will Govan

Chris Preece, a doctor from Yorkshire, has won the Caterpillar Story for Children Prize 2016 with his story The Man in The Hole. The judge, children’s book author Mark Lowery, called the winning story “a powerful and timely piece of writing that forces us to consider how we react to those ‘others’ who turn up in our countries uninvited and unannounced”.

The prize, which is for an unpublished story of 1,500 words or less, is produced by the international art and literature magazine for children The Caterpillar. “In my view, it’s stunning,” said Will Govan, co-editor of The Caterpillar. “Not only does it stand out as an exceptional piece of entertaining writing for children, and indeed adults, but it is also movingly reflective of our troubled times.”

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