SEVEN students from schools across the Western Suburbs took home prizes last week for their short stories entered in the Tim Winton Award for Young Writers.
The annual creative writing award attracts students from schools across the state with 1250 entries received this year.
Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC) sisters Ruby and Olivia Bell were awarded third place in their categories for stories Shine Bright Etoile and Calm and Strong.
A third PLC student, 17-year-old Olivia Tan, received third place with Jubilee Bay, a cleverly constructed first person narrative that questions what is real.
St Hilda’s year eleven student, Emma Horak was awarded second place for The Old Lie, with her peer, 14-year-old Lauren Pudney, who received third place for Anyone’s Story.
Nedlands Primary School’s Isabella Ho and Hale School’s Benjamin Ramsay also won second place in their categories.
Mr Winton was on hand to award prizes and certificates to the finalists at the awards ceremony on August 27.
Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor, an avid Tim Winton fan, said the award would provide an opportunity for young people to write.
“The quality of entries this year made the judges’ job really difficult,” she said.