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National Child Writes Competition 2014 Winners!

It is with pleasure we announce the winners of the 2014 Child Writes Competition.

Overall Winner – Writing Category
Jayde Rumoro – St Monica’s Primary School, Moonee Ponds, Victoria
Overall Winner – Illustration Category
Abby Johnstone – Balgowlah Heights Public School, New South Wales

Jayde’s entry starts, ‘Ava sighed as she looked out the window. The sky was a deep blue, like a huge piece of velvet. Ava wished for freedom. She wished to touch the cotton candy clouds and to let her dainty feet feel the lush grass…’ Jayde’s use of analogy and her economy of words allows the reader to use their own bias to interpret the story. 

Abby is a natural illustrator, demonstrating a wonderfully instinctive flair for page design. Her highly stylised creations will be a perfect match to Jayde’s whimsical and melodic story telling… 

Highly Commended

Sophie Stone, NSW 
Keagan Wallace, SA
Bailey Frampton, QLD
Felix Canning, NSW
Escha Leon, ACT
Tristan Robertson, WA

Special Commendation

Mia Francis, NSW
Escha Leon, ACT
Jessica McDonald 

The children acknowledged as receiving a Highly Commended will receive a certificate and a copy of ‘Child Writes: Creating a Children’s Picture Book is Child’s Play’. 

The children who were acknowledged as Special Commendation were inspiring as they entered both categories and effectively submitted a dummy rough (or a mock picture book manuscript). They will also receive a certificate and a copy of the Child Writes book. 

Whilst we have your attention… We wanted to acknowledge two particularly supportive literacy champions – Lindy Chester, Balgowlah Heights Public School and Tom Kibble, Dernancourt School. Knowing that teachers like these two support our children is wonderful and please accept this as a ‘thank you thank you thank you’.


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