Winner of ELLE’s 2017 Writing Competition

Beth Crane - ELLE Talent Competition Winner 2017
It feels completely surreal to type those words. A few months ago I entered ELLE magazine’s annual talent competition with absolutely no expectation to hear from them. The competition asked entrants to write a memoir on the topic ‘The Outfit I Will Never Wear Again’. My idea was a little out-of-the-box. I doubted that my spin on the title was relevant enough to enter. But it was very relevant to me, so I took the plunge. Focusing on my mother’s impending retirement, it’s a tribute to how she has inspired me, to quell her nerves on walking away from the working world which has defined her for the last 40 years.

I am absolutely honoured to have won this and be featured in the August 2017 edition. It was such a huge buzz to open the magazine and see my name in print for the first time. Fingers crossed that it will be the first of many. I’m also so pleased the competition gave me the opportunity to write this for my mother and say ‘thanks’ for making me an ambitious, hard-working young woman. I’ll never forget the first time she read it.

Where to find the article

If you’d like to read my piece, it’s on p.97 of the ELLE UK August edition and also online here. I hope you enjoy it and I’d love to know what you think.

with love, b.xo

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