2019 STORYTELLING COMPETITION
We are delighted to announce the winners for the 2019 storytelling competition. The competition attracted entrants from across the Shoalhaven area who used this year’s theme ‘footprints in the sand’ to explore loss, mental health, love, infidelity, and the environment.
Festival Director Meredith Jaffé said, ‘We are delighted to see so many entries coming from budding writers in primary school through to the number of talented adult writers who live in this region. It is always a pleasure to see how people choose to tackle a theme and the judging panel was delighted with the diversity of entries and the skill of our region’s writers.’
Congratulations to the winners and placegetters. We would also like to congratulate the 3 writers in each category who made the Honour Roll. Certificates will be posted to those on the Honour Roll and a prize-giving event will be organized after Storyfest.
Thank you to all those who entered. We hope you will enter again next year and keep on writing!
Click through to read each story.
Judge Michelle Barraclough said ‘I was amazed at how clever the primary school students’ stories were. There are some super talented writers in this category as the shortlist demonstrates. Stories of fear, horror and mystery feature alongside stories of friendship and family. Each of these students are to be congratulated on their wonderful storytelling skills.’
Mia Leighton - Mystery at Sandy Bay
Oscar Perry Dickinson - Scream
Grace Condie - Footprints in the Sand
Judge Pamela Cook said, ‘entries in the Secondary category showed maturity and reflected issues of concern to this generation. The shortlisted entries demonstrate the power of words to articulate ideas about the environment, relationships and the future. They were a joy to read.’
Charlotte Croker - Changing Visits
Madelyn Black - Old World
Keeley Seer - Waves of Change
‘We were impressed by the diversity of entries in the adult category,’ said Meredith Jaffé. ‘They featured stories about surfing, PTSD, infidelity, writing, grief and love. All of these writers produced works of great nuance and power.’
Adam Jeffrey - Roar
Terry Malone - Deadline
Karen Morrow - The Shack
ABOUT THE STORYTELLING COMPETITION
The StoryFest Storytelling competition is a fantastic opportunity to flex your writing muscle, explore your creativity and tell a great story.
Your work will be read by some of Australia’s most experienced authors and you’ll be in the running for some very cool prizes, not to mention a place on the Honour Roll.
The Storytelling competition is open to Shoalhaven residents of all ages in the following categories:
Primary School - 300 words
Secondary School - 700 words
Adult - 1000 words
The theme for 2019 was ‘Footprints in the Sand’. Standby for next year’s exciting theme!
We’ll provide all the details on how to enter in 2020 prior to the competition opening.