In­spi­ra­tion found in grand­par­ents

Central Leader - - NEWS - By MEGHAN LAWRENCE

Teen writer Amelia Ken­dall is blown away by her win in the Sun­day Star-Times Short Story Awards.

The 17-year-old won the sec­ondary school di­vi­sion of the pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion.

Her story The Rose Gar­den trumped 250 en­tries from around New Zealand.

Ken­dall based the story around her per­cep­tion of her grand­par­ents.

‘‘I wanted to do a life story and some­thing that peo­ple could laugh at and re­late to,’’ she says.

‘‘I looked at my grand­par­ents and imag­ined be­tween them.’’

Ken­dall has never en­tered the awards be­fore and says she was in­spired and en­cour­aged by her English teacher.

‘‘My favourite type of writ­ing to do is ac­tu­ally po­etry,’’ Ken­dall says. ‘‘I have writ­ten quite a few po­ems but not many short sto­ries.’’

The sec­ondary school di­vi­sion had a 3000 word limit and was judged by au­thors Sarah Quigley and Emily Perkins along­side Sun­day Star-Times ed­i­tor Jonathan Milne.

Perkins says The Rose Gar­den is ‘‘funny and ob­ser­vant, with

in­ter­ac­tions some ter­rific use of lan­guage, tex­tu­ral de­tails, images, con­trasts and un­ex­pected character rev­e­la­tions.’’

Ken­dall, a pupil at St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege, re­ceives $1000 cash, a Kobo eReader, a $100 Pa­per Plus voucher and $1000 worth of books for the school li­brary. The three win­ning sto­ries will be pub­lished in the Sun­day Star-Times and on

Tracy Farr won the open di­vi­sion and Suzanne Takiwa won the non-fic­tion es­say.

Sun­day Star-Times is a sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion of the Cen­tral Leader and both are owned by Fair­fax Me­dia.

Win­ning writer: Amelia Ken­dall, right, pic­tured with judge Emily Perkins, won the sec­ondary school di­vi­sion at the

Short Story Awards.

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