2019 Literary Competition
On Wednesday the 16 of October our union celebrated the winners of our 2019 Literary Competition.
The awards remain the longest continuing literary competition for students in Queensland (this year celebrating its 60th year) and are open to both government and non-government school students.
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the competition was an opportunity for students to enhance their skills through writing.
“The awards were established by our union to encourage literary development in young people,” Mr Burke said.
“Self-expression through writing is a very important area of development and these students should be proud of their great achievements.”
Students inspired to keep flexing their creative muscles
Guest speaker, Sara El Sayed - an Egyptian writer and Master of Fine Arts student based in Brisbane - inspired the audience to keep exploring creative writing and not be afraid to dive into the creative process.
“Sometimes when we flex our creative muscle, we’re able to convey ideas, thoughts and feelings in a much more real way than we ever could if we just reported straight facts,” Sara said.
Sara writes within the creative non-fiction genre and her work is influenced by her culture, her family and her identity as a migrant.
She has been published multiple times including in Black Inc’s Anthology Growing Up African in Australia, frankie, Overland and our union’s national journals Independent Education and Bedrock.
She won the Brisbane Writer’s Festival Microfiction competition (university student category) in 2018 and is one of six writers shortlisted for the 2019 Richelle Prize.
History of the Competition
The Literary Competition was established in March 1959 by our antecedent union, the Assistant Mistresses Association of Queensland, which represented teachers in non-government girls’ schools in Queensland.
It aimed to help encourage the literary development of students, to encourage the freedom of expression and to help cultivate the creative faculty and literature, according to the minutes of the Mistresses’ Association in March 1959.
The emerging poet Judith Wright, whose poetry is now an essential part of the fabric of Australian literature, agreed to be the judge of the lyric poem section that year.
Full List of Competition Winners
Section A Non-fiction Prose Years 11-12
First place: Chanuli Jayasena, Sommerville House
Second place: Hannah Korger, Jubilee Christian College
Third place: Imogen Fern, Townsville Grammar School
Highly Commended: Paige Mackie, Our Lady's College
Grace Lenthall, Saint Stephen's College
Julia Brown, Somerville House
Elizabeth Drennan, Somerville House
Section A Short Story Years 11-12
First place: Katie Wainwright, All Saints Anglican School
Second place: Hannah Park, St Mary's Catholic College
Third place: Amy Wortmann, Matthew Flinders Anglican College
Highly Commended: Shelby Devine, St Stephen's Catholic College
Celine Aswad, Our Lady's College
Hope Loveday, The Glennie School
Charlotte Hutchinson, Kenmore State High School
Section A Poem Years 11-12
First place: Hannah Ostini, Somerville House
Second place: Nikhitha Jacob, The Glennie School
Third place: Sionnan Gresham, Somerville House
Highly Commended: Grace Beattie, Somerville House
Erin McConnell, Pimlico State High School
Section B Short Story Years 9-10
First place: Steven Colyer, Kedron State High School
Second place: Sophie Ley-Hornsey, Kelvin Grove State College
Third place: Oscar Riguet, Kedron State High School
Highly Commended: Zachary Anderson, Kedron State High School
Lauren Coote, Kedron State High School
Neve O’Mara, Warwick State High School
Claudia Pilgrim, Brigidine College
Section B Poem Years 9-10
First place: Olivia Soncin, St Stephen's Catholic College
Second place: Millie Williams, Kelvin Grove State College
Third place: Alison Homeming, Somerville House
Highly Commended: Millie Wesley, Kelvin Grove State College
Cassidy Cool, Moura State High School
Storm Mason, Emmaus College
Ella Woodborne, Sunshine Coast Grammar School
Section C Short Story Years 7-8
First place: Grace Parry, Kenmore State High School
Second place: Artemisia Allan, Indooroopilly State High School
Third place: Caitlin Briggs, Corinda State High School
Highly Commended: Clover Eden, Maleny State High School
Alexander Eddie, St Mary’s College
Jessica Cash, Matthew Flinders Anglican College
Sze Yong Ng, Brisbane Grammar School
Section C Poem Years 7-8
First place: Charlotte White, Coombabah State High School
Second place: Alyssa Jackson, Mossman State High School
Third place: Holly Castle, Northside Christian College
Highly Commended: Andrew Woods, MacGregor State High School
Ellie Dawson, Northside Christian College
Matea Zhao, Somerville House
Emma Castle, Northside Christian College
Section D Short Story Years 5-6
First place: Isabelle Tayler, St Dympna's Primary School
Second place: Chayse Sheather, Brisbane Grammar School
Third place: Nelle Wilson, Ironside State School
Highly Commended: Ishika Digumarti, Ironside State School
Abbie Carter, St Martin's Catholic Primary School
Amaeh Reed, Holy Cross School
Mia McInerney, St Martin's Catholic Primary School
Section D Poem Years 5-6
First place: Amaeh Reed, Holy Cross School
Second place: Samuel Shellard, Riverside Christian College - Distance Education
Third place: Bethany Van Hecke, Our Lady of the Rosary School
Highly Commended: Austin Miles, St Mary's School
Summer O’Neill, Mount Samson State School
Chloe Wait, The Essington International School
Amelia Kalatzis, St Elizabeth's School
Section E Short Story Teachers
First place: Elizabeth McKewin, Kenmore State High School
Second place: Rachel Burley, Bray Park State High School
Third place: Adam Davy, Kelvin Grove State College