Story wins award
Barooga teenager Mazz Post (pictured) has taken out the Dungala Kaiela Writing Award’s youth section.
The awards, started 2012, provide the chance for writing and self-expression in indigenous communities.
The awards were open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a connection to the region.
Miss Post, 14, scooped the award for her short story Stolen at a ceremony at Rumbalara Football Netball Club last month.
The Cobram Secondary College Year 9 student entered her piece after spending several weeks crafting and revising it.
She said its narrative was centred on the Stolen Generation.
‘‘It was about a little girl getting taken away and then she found a friend in the house she got moved to, but they managed to escape and made it back to her tribe,’’ Miss Post said.
She said her own family members were victims of the Stolen Generation, which influenced her short story, which was about a page in length.
‘‘My mum’s great aunty and uncle got taken. I was with mum and she was telling me about it and she gave me the information to help me write it.’’
It was the third time Miss Post had entered the writing award and it was a case of third time lucky.
‘‘It was pretty exciting and mum was really proud of me,’’ she said.
‘‘Some of my teachers encouraged me to enter the competition and then I went home and asked mum about it and she said I should go for it again.
‘‘My teachers were awesome when I asked them for help with certain words.’’
For her efforts, Miss Post was rewarded with a monetary prize, which she was saving.
To make her victory an even greater achievement, she said writing was not something she generally enjoys doing at school.
‘‘I don’t like it, it’s hard, but when I’ve got some free time and there is a prize on offer I’ll have a go at it.’’