SKYE Butcher, of Peregian Springs State School, has won top honours in a prestigious state-wide literary competition
The annual Literary Competition, held in Brisbane on October 12, unearths some of the country's youngest and brightest literary talents.
It is run by the Independent Education Union of Australia's Queensland and Northern Territory Branch and supported by the English Teachers Association of Queensland, James Cook University and Penguin Random House Australia.
Skye received first place in the category Year 6 Short Story for her work When She Saw Me.
Competition judge Beryl Exley said the story "knows the power of short, even truncated, sentences, lists of carefully chosen verbs, and apt turns of phrase”.
"A rather simple plot about a rather simple meeting and a rather un-simple chat between a young girl and an older street sleeper was developed through deep characterisation and brilliantly conceived literary turns of comparison and contrast,” she said.
"I was enamoured by the visualisation created by the sentence: 'Flour flies off her apron and catches the wind and freely flies to whatever lies beyond'. I enjoyed the simplicity of the conversation, rooted in common sense and wisdom.
"This was a slow read for me, as I savoured each word so I could appreciate the gravity of this meeting on the characters' disparate lives.”
Now in its 57th year, the awards represent the longest continuing literary competition for students in Queensland and is open to government and non-government schools.
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