The Footpath Library is delighted to announce the winners of the 2015 Epic! Short Story Competition for Australian school children.
The winners are:
1st: The Purple Joey by P Greenwood, NSW
2nd: Home is Where the Heart Is by E Fennessey, VIC
3rd: Clarence the Garden Snail by T Gledhill, NSW
1st: 52 Hours by L Gardner, WA
2nd: Alone by P Brightmoore, NSW
3rd: Home is Where the Headstone Is by K Bolitho, VIC
The Footpath Library’s Founding Director, Sarah Garnett said that as the organisers, TFL was thrilled to see so many outstanding entries from around the country, the breadth of creativity and the depth of feeling our children have for their homes, both real and imagined. She went on to congratulate the winners and those students who made the Honour Roll, also a massive achievement.
“I am truly amazed at the quality of the stories we received and understand how difficult it was for the judges. I’d like to thank every single student who entered—you give The Footpath Library great hope for the literacy of young people in Australia and please, keep reading and writing!”
Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, chair Emily Maguire said,
“Judging a competition like this is a bittersweet task. On the one hand, it’s such a treat to read so many wonderful stories and to get an insight into the minds of so many clever and thoughtful young writers. But goodness it’s tough to choose amongst them.
In the end, the winners are those that both challenged or intrigued us in their approach to the theme, and surprised or delighted us in their use of language or form. Congratulations to all the winners and our sincere thanks to all of the entrants. We loved reading your work and discovering through it, new ways of thinking about home and what it means.”
Each of the winners receive the following prizes:
1st prize—Samsung Galaxy Tablet
2nd prize—Olympus digital camera
3rd prize—Beats by Dr. Dre
We are also very happy to award the 2015 Honour Roll with a book pack each to the value of $50.
Primary Honour Roll:
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A Family Makes a Home by S. Rose
A Mansion by I. White
Home is Molly by H. Grogan
Munich by N. Moore
Scar by S. Farquhar
That Feeling by J. Leigh
Secondary Honour Roll:
A Chink in the Chain by G. Mitchell
Broken by E. Cocks
Catherine by I. Cattanach
Home is Everywhere and Anywhere by N. Adams
Home is Gone by H. Robinson
Home is What We Love by T. Chitty
I Should Have Lied by S. Rutherford
Something Worth Fighting For by C. Millhouse
Media inquiries should be directed to Shane McLachlan firstname.lastname@example.org or 0418 161829.