Young writ­ers de­light

Central Otago Mirror - - CELEBRATING OUR WRITING TALENT - First place ($250 cash, $250 Pa­per Plus voucher): Sec­ond place ($150 Pa­per Plus voucher): Third place ($100 Pa­per Plus voucher): Highly Com­mended: Com­mended:

Ju­nior win­ners with com­ments by chief judge, Queen­stown-based ju­nior fic­tion writer Jane Bloom­field:

What is Hap­pi­ness? by So­phie May, 12, of Ar­row­town. This story ticked all the boxes. So­phie has writ­ten an emo­tion­ally charged, de­scrip­tive piece where her pro­tag­o­nist has grown emo­tion­ally and changed for the bet­ter by the end. Not easy to do in 750 words.

The Sub­sti­tute, by Paige Cusiel, of Queen­stown. This story about two boys swapped at birth and raised by the wrong par­ents, had lots of clever twists and mount­ing drama right up to its lifechang­ing end­ing. It was very en­ter­tain­ing.

Shad­ows, Emily Tyrrell, 16, of Alexan­dra. A chal­leng­ing story ‘Shad­ows’, def­i­nitely won best open­ing sen­tence. ‘‘Shad­ows slith­ered across the sleep­ing fields, stain­ing the green mead­ows with black ink.’’

For­got­ten Mem­o­ries, by Jess Hud­son, 11, of Queen­stown; Safe? by Megan Rose McCul­loch, 12, of Ar­row­town; Cu­ri­ous Crea­tures, by Caitri­ona MacTag­gart, 16, of Cromwell.

The War Cries, by Han­nah Tait, of Alexan­dra; Risk, by Eli Tregidga,

12, of Queen­stown; I was walk­ing along

Oak Lane... by Christie South­wick, 13, of Wanaka; What you give is what you get, by Eve Drin­nan, 13, of Cromwell; Lovely Screen, by Becs Calder, 14, Alexan­dra; The Zip, by Brie David­son, 15, Alexan­dra.

DEB­BIE JAMIESON

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