Local writers on shortlist
Three local writers have been shortlisted in the Joseph Furphy Literary Prize’s junior section, which is for entrants up to 12 for a short story of up to 2000 words.
Cadence Pang, 12 (Cobram Anglican Grammar School), Sanuda Diyagama, 12 (Cobram Anglican Grammar School) and Emily Davies, 9 (Goulburn Valley Grammar School) were told of the good news last week.
Now in its 26th year, the literary prize was started to commemorate 150 years since Joseph Furphy’s birth.
Under the pen name of Tom Collins, Mr Furphy wrote a number of books and articles and is best known for Such is Life.
The Furphy Foundry donates the prize money for the annual writing competition.
The Cobram library’s Andre Smith said each writer stood out with their captivating storytelling ability.
‘‘We had lots of entries here at the library, which was really pleasing to see, but these three all really stood out,’’ he said.
Emily’s story Cabin Catastrophe was about two friends going camping.
‘‘They secretly climb a mountain and one of the friends breaks her leg and they call an ambulance and go to hospital. Their parents had told them they weren’t to go, but they went anyway and learnt a lesson from it,’’ Emily said.
She said the inspiration for her story came when she was sitting at home and the idea randomly popped into her head.
This year is the second time Sanuda has been shortlisted and he said his story The Robin Hood was based around the tale of the original Robin Hood.
‘‘It’s about a poor individual who steals from a wealthy business owner to provide for an old orphanage,’’ he said.
Cadence said her story Poor Country World was inspired by world poverty.
‘‘The idea came from seeing world poverty and struggles in the world that have been bothering me a bit lately,’’ she said.
‘‘In the story there are four countries in the world that don’t have enough to drink or it’s dirty water and then it talks about a person coming to help them.’’
The winner will be announced next month at a presentation in Shepparton.
Finalists: Emily Davies, 9, Sanuda Diyagama, 12, and Cadence Pang, 12, have been shortlisted for the Joseph Furphy Literary Prize in the junior section.