Friday, December 2, 2011

Winner announced - The Jack Lasenby Writing Award (Junior)

Every two years the Wellington Children’s Book Association invites Years 7 and 8 students to submit an original 500 word children’s story into their competition.
This year the Junior Award winner is from the Kapiti Coast.
Today Jack Lasenby, Patron of The WCBA  and Convenor, Maureen Crisp, presented a trophy and cheque for $200 to winner Elliot Londt at the Paraparaumu library, for his story Piping in the Possums.
 Eirlys Hunter, our guest judge was also in attendance. Here are her judge's comments Elliot's story.
It wasn't easy to choose a winner. All the stories had some strong elements: some had vivid descriptions, other used language in an exciting way, others were original and imaginative, or funny.

In the end I chose Piping in the possums because the writing is playful. It has a wonderful dancing rhythm and lots of alliteration. It's also a complete story despite being very short, it's funny and it pays homage to traditional story telling.