Acclaimed Western Australian author, Tim Winton, recently awarded prizes to promising local young writers at the twenty-seventh Tim Winton Award for Young Writers ceremony.
The annual creative writing awards attract short story entries from school students across the state, with more than 1470 entries received this year.
Winners were split into five age categories with students ranging from Year 2 to Year 12; the overall winner was 16-year-old Gabriel Merga from Duncraig Senior High School.
Talking to the award finalists and their families at the ceremony, Tim Winton emphasised the importance of stories and said by expressing love for places and people through storytelling, it allowed them to come alive.
The awards saw an exceptionally high standard of writing across all categories with a huge range of topics covered including outer space, climate change and inequality.
City of Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor said the Tim Winton Awards were an important part of the wider community and provided a great opportunity for school students to explore creative writing using the inspiration of Tim Winton himself.
The top three entries from each of the five categories were awarded prizes and certificates in a special presentation ceremony at Subiaco Library on the evening of Monday 26 August. The finalists and their stories can be found at subiaco.wa.gov.au/timwintonaward. The stories will be also be on displayed at Subiaco Library until Sunday 8 September.