Glo­ry­ing in sto­ry­telling

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music -

THE City of Su­bi­aco is en­cour­ag­ing school stu­dents from all over the State to en­ter the 25th an­nual Tim Win­ton Award for Young Writ­ers.

Stu­dents from years 1-12 are in­vited to sub­mit an orig­i­nal story of up to 2000 words in length.

The award is sup­ported by four-time Miles Franklin Award win­ner Tim Win­ton him­self, who said it was great to see young peo­ple ex­cited and re­warded for do­ing some­thing as point­less and beau­ti­ful as telling sto­ries.

“For me, the chief pur­pose is to glory in sto­ry­telling, to give the im­pulse space in which to flour­ish, to cel­e­brate this im­por­tant part of hu­man life,” he said.

The City has pre­sented the award since 1992 and last year re­ceived more than 1500 en­tries.

Mayor Heather Hen­der­son said the City was proud to pro­vide a plat­form for young sto­ry­tellers to ex­er­cise their imag­i­na­tion and test their lin­guis­tic skills.

“It is ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble to read what these young peo­ple come up with,” she said.

“The award gives us a glimpse into their world and each year I look for­ward to shar­ing their won­der­ful sto­ries.”

Sto­ries en­tered in the award are judged on their orig­i­nal­ity, story de­vel­op­ment and writ­ing qual­ity by a panel of lo­cal au­thors, ed­u­ca­tors and li­brar­i­ans.

Award fi­nal­ists will be recog­nised in Au­gust at a pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony with Tim Win­ton, where the top three en­tries in each of the five age cat­e­gories will be awarded prizes.

The 2017 Tim Win­ton Award for Young Writ­ers closes at 4pm on June 26. To en­ter, visit­bi­ win­ton­award.

Pic­ture: Richard Jefferson

The Perth Cham­ber Or­ches­tra.

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