Acclaimed Western Australian author, Tim Winton, awarded a host of promising local young writers at the twenty-eighth Tim Winton Award for Young Writers ceremony last night.
The annual creative writing award attracts short story entries from school students across the state, with more than 1350 entries received this year from as far as Christmas Island, Cable Beach and Kalgoorlie.
Talking to the award finalists and their families at last night’s ceremony, Tim Winton emphasised the importance of exercising the muscles of imagination and the impact storytelling, and particularly the stories of young people, has on our lives.
“Storytelling is fun; it’s also necessary and the stories that we imagine and the stories we tell each other really do shape our lives – young people’s stories and imagination literally shape the future,” he said.
The awards saw an exceptionally high standard of writing across all categories with a huge range of topics covered including human biology, friendship and fantasy.
City of Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor said the Tim Winton Awards were an important part of the wider community.
“These times of uncertainty and disruption have had an impact on people of all ages, including the young people in our community,” she said.
“These awards celebrate the joy of creative writing and encourages students to use writing as a way to express themselves and be heard.
“Art and creativity, such as writing, make our community. Such things are more important than ever when the daily lives of young people have been impacted as they have been by COVID-19. Art helps us make sense of the world around us.”
The top three entries from each of the five categories were awarded prizes and certificates in a special presentation ceremony at Subiaco Library last night, Monday 12 October. Finalists’ stories can be read online and will be displayed at Subiaco Library until Sunday 1 November.
First place winners (L-R): Elva Verity from Denmark SHS, Pascale Gallen from Christmas Island DHS, Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor, Isla Barker from Presbyterian Ladies College, Tim Winton, Noah Sun from Ardross Primary, Karoline Magpily from Mandurah Catholic College.
About the award
- The City of Subiaco has hosted the Tim Winton Award for Young Writers since 1992
- Western Australian school-aged students were invited to submit an original short story, up to 2000 words in length
- Entries were judged individually in five age categories, ranging from lower primary to upper secondary
- Award sponsors are: Kool Kreative, Dymocks Subiaco, Subiaco Bookshop and The Lane Bookshop.