Tamborine State High School Student Puts Tamborine On The Map

Tasha Damon, a Year 10 student at Tamborine State High School has achieved the honour of being placed third in the Australasian Publishing Groups Short Story Competition (2001.)

The short story competition was held throughout Australia and New Zealand and hosted over 8500 entries. Tasha’s short story was titled “Doll Maker,” her story was based on the theme of magic and mystery. Tasha’s story will be printed in the upcoming Australasian anthology titled “Zapped.” Tasha also received $150 as well as a complementary plaque displaying her story for display n the School Library.

Michelle Bell from the Australasian Publishing Group commented the “judges had a very difficult time deciding on the winners, the quality of entries was extremely high, with over 60 grand finalists.

Tasha’s achievement to receive a third place is an outstanding personal achievement as well as a positive achievement for her school.”

Mrs.Tracey Brose, Principal of Tamborine Mountain State High School said, “Our school community is very proud of Tasha. It is pleasing to know that student work produced as part of classroom learning at our school is of such an exceptional quality. External validation and praise of the high quality of learning occurring in our school environment is always wonderful to receive.”

Special congratulations must go to Mrs. Jo Baker, Tasha’s teacher, who organized entry into the competition and encouraged student participation.

Published: 31/05/2001

Source: Tamborine Times


Charlotte’s Story Makes Impact

Waimea College student Charlotte Brooks, 15, has won third prize in a short story competition which received 9000 entries from throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Her story, entered in the action and adventure section of the 2000 Schools’ Short Story Competition, was the only New Zealand prize winner in the high school division.

Charlotte said she drew inspiration for her entry, entitled For the Sale of Our Lives, from her Austrian-born grandparents. “They were in the war and had to leave Austria to escape.”

She said she put herself in their position to write the story, which tells of a tense nighttime escape across the border.

Charlotte said a love of reading had led to her to be a budding author at an early age.

“I remember my best friend and I getting together to write a mystery story when we were seven or eight, when we loved the Famous Five books.

Since then Charlotte has written scripts for her brother Jeffrey, 18, who likes to make video skits.

She said she was unsure if a writer’s lot would be lucrative enough for her.

“I’d really like to write stories and sell books, but it’s hard to say if I could make a living from it.”

Rebecca Newport from Waimea Intermediate was a finalist in the primary school section.

Published: 20/06/2000

Source: The Nelson Mail


Jane’s Whale Of A Tale

A TALE about a whale has won an Adelaide girl first prize in an Australasian Short Story contest.

Jane Thompson, 11, of Toorak Gardens, was the overall winner in the primary school section of the annual competition run by the Australasian Publishing Group.

She bet more than 9000 entrants with her story All In A Night’s Work.

“The story is about two men who save a whale from being killed,” Jane said yesterday. “I went to the Maritime Museum in Tasmania and I learnt all about how it is illegal to kill whales, and that gave me the idea.”

Although she was previously a state finalist in the Nestle Write Around Australia competition, Jane was surprised to win this time. “I thought that it had a few mistakes, so I didn’t think it would be all that good.”

Jane won $500 for herself and $500 for her school, Loreto College.

She will give some of the money to the RSPCA. “It’s because I dedicated the story to the whales.”

Published: 10/06/2000

Source: The Advertiser


Science Author

BOOMM, boomm … footsteps … boomm, boomm – they were getting louder, which means only one thing: they’re getting closer.”

That’s how 12-year-old Michael Cooper began his story about being sucked up by a spaceship, meeting a punk kid, a green flashy thing and a magic ring. The story has some interesting character names, clever lines and a happy ending, with the main character doing a deal and set to make millions of dollars with a new video game.

His science fiction story, The Magic Ring (and the Flasher) won a national primary school competition run by the Australasian Publishing Group.

“You had to write a science fiction story in 500 words and there were 6500 entries,” Michael said.

“I listen to story tapes – like The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – they’re funny.

“Most people in the class sent in an entry. I was sort of shocked when they told me I’d won. My friends thought it was cool.”

Michael won first prize, which includes $500 for himself and $500 and a plaque for the school and a book of the short story entries.

Published: 28/08/1999

Source: Central Western Daily


Tae Has A Winning Way With Words

TAE Grainger used her parents’ antique Japanese cabinet for inspiration in her finalist entry in a national short story competition.

Tae’s talent was pitched against the storytelling abilities of 6500 other youngsters telling science fiction tales during the 1999 Australasian Publishing Group schools short story competition.

The 11-year-old Rivermount College student’s time travel story, Time of the Tansu, took third place and is to be published in an anthology called Imagine That due out next month.

In her story, she describes the ‘old and ancient, rusty hinged’ step tansu her parents purchased while living in Japan while Tae was still a baby.

“The black forged iron trims gave it an air of authority and I was drawn to the shiny mahogany brown glint. I pulled open one of the little doors and stared into the vacant space in awe,” Tae wrote.

“Without warning, a huge wind lifted me off my feet and sucked me in. I was whirling around, thrown and buffeted from one side to the other.”

In Time of the Tansu, Tae finds herself transported into ancient Japanese times in the body of a dead Japanese Princess, with an aim to restore her spirit.

“I know a lot of good story writers and I knew the competition would be tough but I thought I’d do okay,” said Tae, who has already completed a writing course.

Published: 25/08/1999

Source: Gold Coast Bulletin


Pete’s Story Stands Out

A WITTY science fiction story about the tricks of time travel 100 years from now has earned Rehoboth Christian High School student Peter Phillips a place in a national anthology of prose.

The Year 11 student, from Armadale, won first prize in the high school division of an Australia–wide short story competition run by the Queensland-based Australasian Publishing Group.

Peter’s entry was one of 6500 from around the country and he was the only West Australian finalist in the competition, whish was also open to primary schools.

His short story, entitled The Time of Your Life, is set in New Delhi in 2014 at a time when people “of non-specific gender and who refuse to be classified” are protesting about the rampant misuse of time travel.

In a campaign speech to a large crowd at Assembly Square, President Archibald D.Wilberforce, promises to outlaw time travel in an attempt to gain a few votes. When his declaration does not achieve the desired result, he and his aide use time travel to go back to the meeting to try again – this time with the president sporting a different tie and a bigger campaign smile.

Rehoboth Christian High School principal Ron Geijsman said Peter won $500 for his entry and another $500 was awarded to the school. The money would go towards the purchase of an outdoor public announcement system.

Published: 18/08/1999

Source: The Community Newspaper


Win Brings Stars to Her Eyes

Year Nine student at Bairnsdale Secondary College, Kate Scull, fared well against over 3500 other students to take second position in national schools short story competition.

The competition was conducted by Australasian Publishing Group, with 15-year-old Kate entering the “Fantasy Theme” section in the High School Division.

Her piece titled Stars in Her Eyes is re-printed opposite.

Kate says she has had a love for writing since first starting school.

Her prize includes a plaque and a $100 cheque, which Kate plans to spend on books.

Her story will also be printed in the upcoming anthology Fantasy and Beyond which is soon to be printed by the Australasian Publishing Group.

Published: 09/11/1998

Source: The Bairnsdale Advertiser


Reluctant Writer’s Winning Words

Innisfail State High School Year 11 student Sian Smith was recently named runner-up in a national writing competition, which was entered by more than 3000 students.

Her entry in the 1997 Inaugural Schools Short Story Competition took out the coveted award in the horror/thriller division and was described by judges as having some very strong underlying themes, which sent shivers down their spines.

Her story, entitled Twisted, contained a strong narrative based around an unusual idea and ending.

Smith’s ability to convey the meaning imaginatively where the strengths which gained her the award.

The competition was run by the Australasian Publishing Group and involved around 700 schools.

And despite winning such a widespread competition, which no doubt presented the judges with some outstanding work. Smith says she does not particularly enjoy writing.

“I was surprised to receive the award for the piece which I wrote last year as an English assignment,” she said.

“I read a lot, but writing music is where it stops. I do not enjoy writing very much.”

Smith’s creativity is mainly focused in the area of music, and in the past art, and is balanced with a love of science.

She said the award would not change her mind about writing and she intended to pursue a career in the music industry when she graduated from high school next year.

Published: 18/09/1997

Source: Innisfail Advocate


Budding Writer to Get Stories Published

BUDDING young writer James Duncan of Kadina High School is to have one of his winning short stories published in a new book.

The achievement is part of the 15-year-old Year 9 student’s prize as third placegetter in the inaugural Australian Schools’ Short Story competition run by the Australasian Publishing Group.

His story, Etched in Red, will feature in an anthology of competition entries, Shades of Darkness, to be published later this year.

The contest, with a horror/thriller theme, attracted 3000 entries from around Australia.

Kadina High principal Toni Hughes said that it was a wonderful achievement for a student from a country high school to perform so well in a national competition.

Ms Hughes said that James had also received a trophy and a cheque for $100 as part of his prize.

James’ latest success follows a price in a writing contest recently organised by Sydney’s Taronga Park Zoo.

Published: 13/09/1997

Source: The Northern Star


Jackson's Tale a National Horror

HORROR and the supernatural are among storytelling’s most popular themes at the moment – and Mansfield has its own master of the genre.

To a list that includes Stephen King, Alfred Hitchcock and John Grisham, now add Jackson Dunkley, a year 11 student at Mansfield Secondary College who recently won a nationwide competition for the best short horror story.

Jackson’s story The Kadaitcha Man was judged the winner from more than 3000 entries in the competition, run by the Australasian Publishing Group.

It was, according to the judges, chosen because it had the elements of a good short story – strong narrative, and unusual idea and ending and the ability to convey the meaning imaginatively by implication.

“Jackson’s story shone out among all the others,” said APG operations manager Michelle Bell.

“The story had some very strong Australian undertones and certainly managed to send shivers down our spines.”

Jackson, who received $500 as the winner (the college also got $500,) said the idea was born out of his family’s time in the Northern Territory.

The Dunkleys lived there for two years before returning to Mansfield and during that time Jackson heard tales of the legendary Kadaitcha Man, a spirit in Aboriginal lore who was regarded as a harbinger of doom.

He wrote the story after seeing the competition notice on the wall in the school library.

“It seemed like a good topic,” he said, and the judges certainly thought so too.

“It was an absolutely fantastic story,” said Ms Bell. (The Kadaitcha Man is published on page 16 of this week’s Courier.)

Jackson said he was rapt when told that he’d won the competition, and was joined by his family at the presentation last Thursday.

He said it had inspired him to write more. And if his success so far is any guide, Jackson the author has an exciting future..

Published: 10/09/1997

Source: Mansfield Courier


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