Presented by Independent Schools Victoria

Student short story competition: and the winners are…


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Year All year levels

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Humanities, English

The judges have concluded their deliberations in our Student Short Story Competition – and the winners are in!

Here’s the list of the winning entries, and some honourable mentions, in each category:


Foundation to Year 2


Joint winners:

  • Horror World
    by Trinity Brincat, Year 2, Melton Primary School
  • The Caterpillars and The Bush
    by Emily Lam, Year 1, Presbyterian Ladies’ College


Years 3 to 4



  • The Dragon’s Gift
    by Elise Orme, Year 4, Camberwell Girls’ Grammar School

Honourable mentions:

  • Rupert
    by Annabelle Tay, Year 4, St Andrews Christian College
  • No Rats On The Menu
    by Nicholas Chao-Hong, Year 4, Carey Baptist Grammar School

Years 5 to 6



  • The Moment
    by Archer Tatham-Thompson, Year 6, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School

Years 7 to 8



  • The Music Box
    by Sienna Boorer, Year 7, Alice Miller School

Honourable mention:

  • More to This World
    by Chelsea Smith, Year 8, Chairo Christian School 

Years 9 to 10



  • Der Cellospieler, The Cello Player
    by Nathaniel Jackson, Year 10, Chairo Christian School

 Years 11 to 12



  • A Puff of Smoke
    by Aj Xiang, Year 11, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School


You can read the stories on our short story dispenser during the festival over the next three days, located in the Atrium at Federation Square. Just look for the Arts Learning Festival signs.


The winners will receive a book voucher and a certificate. We will also be publishing the stories online at a later date.


Another 30 stories are also available on the machine, selected by the judges because of their high quality.


We received more than 350 entries, and the judges faced a tough assignment – and this is what they said:


‘It was a privilege to spend long hours reading the huge number of entries in the inaugural Arts Learning Festival Short Story Competition. The judges felt an array of mixed emotions as the stories were assessed.


‘We asked for entries of up to 1500 words that showed originality, correct spelling, punctuation, grammar and the emergence of a voice. We were not disappointed.


‘Our winning entries, and those stories which will find a home in our short story dispensers, started with something out of the ordinary and concluded with a satisfying resolution. They had been edited carefully to ensure the protocols we had stipulated were in place. They were written with a personal style, clearly, concisely and from the heart. Each young author appeared to delight in the process, which is exactly what we aimed for.’


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  • Thu 2 May 2019
  • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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