Monster story wins literary award
A LOCAL primary school student’s way with words has won her first prize at the Armadale Young Writers’ Awards.
St John Bosco College Year 5 student Serene Benny topped the Years 5 and 6 category with her piece This is War.
Her original story has monsters and humans on the brink of war when a spy joins the enemy as he fights to survive.
Judges said the piece had “an excellent plot twist” and used language in a way that built a sense of excitement and intrigue.
Serene said she entered to challenge herself.
“I thought entering a competition would be an amazing experience to test my skill and see if other people enjoyed reading these things,” she said.
“Like all of my stories, the idea came out of the blue, a random, simple thought that I believed could be a thrilling story.
“I was very shocked and amazed because I’d never thought my story would be good enough for winning.
“There are so many writers that have amazing talent and I’d never thought I’d be among them. Winning made me so proud of myself and it helped me believe that I could become a successful author.”
Carey Baptist College’s Rhea Manoj won second place in the Year 9 and 10 category for Scream, a story about a young girl who is home alone and battling with whether to investigate a scream coming from her neighbour’s home.
Serene Benny won the Armadale Young Writers’ Awards Years 5 & 6 category.