From Tincurrin to Christmas Island, Scribblers Festival’s The Golden Pen Writing Award has unearthed writing talent in all corners of the state.
The competition, which launched last year as part of Scribblers Festival – an annual literature and arts festival for young people, drew more than 260 entries this year. The 2020 winners, as selected by Australian Children’s Laureate Ursula Dubosarsky, author Will Kostakis and author Nadia King, came in three categories. The junior category (ages 10-12) was taken out by Liv Fechner from West Leederville for her story ‘The Eye’. The middle category winner (ages 12-14), with ‘I’ll Be Tall One Day’ was Summer Allen from Floreat. And the senior category winner (ages 15-17) for 2020 was Ellen Vigus from Warwick for her story ‘The World Rewound’.
Scribblers Festival Director Katherine Dorrington said organisers were impressed by the unique and varied interpretation of the theme, Planet Earth. “The entrants tackled the theme through fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, comics and graphic novels, showing a maturity and knowledge about current issues and the desire for change,” Ms Dorrington said. Submissions ranged from topics like climate change, time travel and outer space. The entries reflected on the human relationship with Earth, and many imagined our future world. It was inspiring to see the breadth and depth of the entries.”
Winners from the middle and senior categories receive a $500 cash prize along with a book voucher, and shortlisted entrants receive a $100 book voucher. Shortlisted entrants from the junior category receive a $200 cash prize along with a book voucher, and shortlisted entrants will receive a $50 book voucher.
Shortlisted entrants for the junior category were Daisy Madden from Wembley for ‘This is the Earth’, and Pascale Gallen from Christmas Island for ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire.’ In the middle category the shortlisted entrants were Cecile Bonfils from North Fremantle for ‘The Key to the World’ and Elana Godfrey from Nedlands for ‘The Fittest’. Shortlisted entrants in the senior category were Eliza Murray from Tincurrin for ‘Harvest’, and Eva Mustapic from Applecross for ‘The Drowned City’.
Click here to read the winning stories.
For more information head to the Scribblers Festival Website.