Creativity to fore in short story contest
The winners of the Dan Davin short story competition were announced last night.
There were three competitions - one for adults and the other two for senior and junior high school pupils.
Aparima College pupil Christina Grove, 16, won the senior high school section with her short story, The Willow and The War, and Wakatipu High School pupil Mitchell Mawhinney, 14, won the junior section with his short story In My Prime.
Patricia Soper won the adult competition with her story Both Sides of Love.
Dan Davin Literary Foundation coordinator Rebecca Amundsen said about 75 people attended the award ceremony last night at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery.
The awards were held to promote and support creative writing in Southland.
"Dan Davin was a Southland man and a prolific writer so we are trying to encourage people to follow in his footsteps,." she said.
Christina and Mitchell each spent about two nights working on their stories.
Christina said her story was about a soldier meeting someone from the other side.
Mitchell's story was about a socially troubled child who did not fit in and who liked prime numbers.
It was an unexpected but exciting win, he said.
* Junior competition (year 9-11) judged by Cilla McQueen
1: In My Prime by Mitchell Mawhinney, Wakatipu High School
2: Not Alone by Fiona Anderson, Aparima College
3: The Three Guardians by James Euson, JHC
Highly commended: My Father by Tom Stenning, James Hargest
* Senior competition (Year 12-13) judged by Cilla McQueen
1: The Willow and The War by Christina Grove, Aparima
2: Saving the Planet by Oliver Westenra, Aparima
3: Half-Painted House by Brayden Wharepouri, JHC
Highly commended: Encircled by Indianna Roberts, Northern Southland College
* Adult competition judged by Sue Wootton
1: Both Sides of Love, Patricia Soper
2: For a Small Price, Sylvia Hughes
3: Fortunate, Lynne Grove
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