WINNER (age 12)
The Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award for Under 18s, for The Colour of Courage.
What the judges said: “This story offers a simple, yet meaningful (and often forgotten) message about taking control of our own lives and our own happiness. It is a touching and mature piece of writing which leaves the reader free to choose his or her own meaning at the end. The judges felt it was a highly accomplished piece of narration not often found in younger writers and wondered at this child’s experiences of the world. It left some of the readers quite moved.”