Imaginative U-14 writers impress
THE entries have been read and re-read and now it’s time to hand out the prizes for the under 14s short story competition run by the Advocate in conjunction with the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival.
Guest judge and noted author Deborah Abela, who is a National Literacy Ambassador, said the standard of writing was exciting and most stories combined great suspense and action with a great use of dialogue.
Ms Abela singled out the stories by Stephanie Grey and Katie O’Brien as her winners.
“Stephanie’s story, Air Raid, was a well told, gripping tale that is suspenseful and intriguing.
"I loved every minute of it.
"This is a story that could easily be continued and could even form the exciting basis for a novel,” Ms Abela said.
“Katie’s story Noises in the Dark is a tight and fast-paced story of two brothers faced with a frightening situation.
“There is great use of dialogue and action to build tension into the story.
“There are a few twists and turns until a surprise ending that leaves the reader wanting more.”
Three consolation prizes were awarded to Liam McAlpine for A Forest in Trouble; Effie McConnell’s The Scratch and Liljana Brain’s A Horror Story to Remember.
“I’d also like to make a special mention to our two youngest entrants ... seven year old Eleanor Ludwig and Hannah Smith in Year 2. Cute.”