Winners of the annual Tim Winton Award for Young Writers were announced at a special ceremony at Subiaco Library on Monday 18 August.
Students aged five to eighteen across Western Australia entered the prestigious award for the chance to have their writing skills recognised and meet literary idol Tim Winton.
It was a night of celebration, which included a surprise performance of scenes adapted from Winton’s novel, Lockie Leonard, by students from Ellenbrook school Holy Cross College.
Nine-year-old Karrinyup Primary School student Harriet Keenan took out the overall 2014 Tim Winton Award and claimed first place in the middle primary category for her story Nightmare Egg.
Students from St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls performed particularly well, with seventeen-year-old Emily Wilson and fifteen-year-old Ella Fox-Martens taking out first and third place respectively in the upper secondary category.
Award patron Tim Winton presented certificates to the winners and offered the young writers some words of wisdom:
"When I was just a ten-year-old boy I decided that I wanted to be a writer for the rest of my life. Even though the odds were that it was never going to happen for me, I know that if I hadn't become a professional writer, I would still be a storyteller."
He continued: "We need to tell stories, and we need to listen to each other's stories – it's what makes us human, it's what makes us special, and we should celebrate that."
Among those awarded were three regional finalists, who received travel assistance from the City of Subiaco so they could attend the ceremony.
Goomalling student Alicia Butt won third place in the upper primary category and Mullewa resident and correspondence school student Adriel Human took out third in the middle primary category. Third place in the lower secondary category was claimed by Denmark resident Caitlin Orchard-Cook.
City of Subiaco Mayor Heather Henderson said the popularity of the award continues to grow, particularly since the competition was opened up to regional entrants in 2011.
“The city was thrilled to receive nearly 1200 entries for this year’s award, with almost twenty per cent of these entries coming from regional students.”
Winning entries from each of the five award categories can be viewed here, and will be on display at Subiaco Library, 237 Rokeby Road, Subiaco, until Sunday 14 September.
Photos from the night can be found on the City of Subiaco's Facebook page.
The Tim Winton Award for Young Writers is sponsored by Janet Holmes à Court AC, Barking Gecko Theatre Company, One20 Productions, Kool Kreative, Dymocks, The Lane Bookshop and Child Educational Services.