Young writers delight
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.