The winners of the 2017 Central Coast Council Library Service annual Short Story Competition have been announced.
This is the second consecutive year the competition has been held across the Coast, creating a platform for local authors to be discovered and recognised whilst developing literary skills in the community.
Council Unit Manager Libraries, Ms Michelle Swan-Beardmore, was at the ceremony to present the winners with their iPad to help cultivate their creative writing.
“With a record number of 234 entries, receiving an award is a noteworthy accomplishment”, Ms Swan-Beardmore said.
“We are incredibly proud of the Library’s role in nurturing and inspiring our amazing local talent to help not only boost the profile of creative writing across the Coast, but also encourage the development of literary skills within our community.”
The overall winners in each category were: Junior 5-8, Chase McGarvey for, Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover; Child 9-12, Isabella Pex for, Destiny’s Quest; Youth 13-17, Sophie Miller for, Rising Sky; and Adult 18+, Mr Ryan Carson for, The Sculptor
Council Director, Connected Communities, Ms Julie Vaughan, said the talent displayed this year was absolutely outstanding, making the judges’ decisions significantly challenging.
“This is such an incredible program and I commend our libraries for their part in cultivating creative writing in our local community,” Ms Vaughan said.
“With only 40 per cent of our population having completed Year 12 or equivalent, our libraries play an important role in encouraging education and learning, so it is fantastic to see all ages getting involved in this competition,” Ms Vaughan concluded.
Media release, Dec 1
Central Coast Council Media