Grosvenor Park Academy pupil Ava Smith is a published author

Nine-year-old Ava Smith has been revealed as a finalists in Hallmark Hotels’ storytelling campaign, launched in January.

To celebrate National Storytelling Week, the company is holding a short story competition for children and young adults aged eight to 15.

As a finalists, Ava will see her story included in a bedtime storybook which will be available to borrow at Hallmark Hotels across the country for all future guests.

Ava, from Blacon, is said to be “very excited” about being awarded a place in the book. She wrote a 300-word creative bedtime story telling the tale of a wicked magician, named Mothers Mission.

She said: “I love reading books by Julia Donaldson and I instantly get captured by her rhyming stories. But I also really love the humour in David Walliams’ books – so I decided to combine the two elements and put them into my story.”

Mum, Julia, added: “We’re so proud of her. She’s just amazing and tries so hard with everything she puts her mind to, she never stops!”

The judging process was led by author and CBBC Teletubbies scriptwriter Gordon Volke, who described Ava’s entry as a “fantastic addition” to the storybook.

As the competition enters its final stages, Hallmark Hotels will announce one winner from each age category as well as an overall winner in April.

Simon Williams, general manager at Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester, said: “We’ll be sure to point out their stories to all our younger guests who stay with us at the hotel in the future.”