Santa Maria College student shows flair for prose with win at Henry Lawson Festival


Santa Maria College student Eva Cocks won two prizes in the Verse and Short Story Competition at the Henry Lawson Festival. Picture: Jon Hewson d484056
Santa Maria College student Eva Cocks won two prizes in the Verse and Short Story Competition at the Henry Lawson Festival. Picture: Jon Hewson d484056

SANTA Maria College student Eva Cocks has shown a knack for the written word after claiming two prizes in the Verse and Short Story Competition at the Henry Lawson Festival.

The Year 12 student’s works The White Run and Bruises were awarded first and second award respectively in the Short Story High School section of the awards, which were held in Grenfell, New South Wales on June 7 to 11.

Eva said she had not entered a national competition before so she was nervous about sending her work off.

“I never expected to do this well and still can’t fully believe it,” she said.

“My success in this competition has given me the confidence to pursue my talent and means that there are people out there who are supportive of my writing.

“As a winner, I also get published in the festival’s anthology.”

Eva said she loved the freedom that writing gave to her.

“I am able to express my opinion, observations and creativity in a medium that is effectively limitless and abides to the sole rule that indeed every rule can be broken,” she said.

“As a quiet person, I also have a soft spot for writing as it isn’t in a spoken form.

“Instead, it is written, and so the art speaks louder than the writer ever could, giving me confidence in both my work and myself.”

Eva said while writing was a passion she was unsure if she would pursue it as a career.