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Langhorne Creek Young People’s Writing Competition 2016

The Langhorne Creek Young Peoples Writing Competition organisers  are pleased to announce the prize winners for the 2016 prose and poetry competition

This was the fourth year of the Langhorne Creek Young People’s Writers  ‘ Competition in which young writers competed to win individual prizes and books for their school.

While Langhorne Creek’s flood disrupted the planned celebrations Paul Jude, Head of Campus at Langhorne Creek congratulated the winning young writers, teachers and parents from schools from as far away as Crystal Brook, Nuriootpa, Fulham North, West Beach, Oakbank, Naracoorte, Pasedena, Mount Barker South, Challa Gardens, Seaford, Richmond, and the Eastern Fleurieu Campuses including Strathalbyn, Milang, Langhorne Creek.

Fourteen schools submitted a record number of 87 winning class entries in the 2016 competition.

The short-listed winners in the writing competition were due to celebrate writing and meet local authors to discuss the importance of writing in a celebration at Langhorne Creek. Unfortunately wild weather and flooding forced a cancellation. Authors to be featured from the Fleurieu included Jane Jolly, the award winning author of  Tea and Sugar Christmas, Josephine Croser, author of 46 works including Crunch the Crocodile and Baleen who also lives in Strathalbyn, and Jude Aquilina a celebrated poet from Milang and editor of Tadpoles in the Torrens.  

“We are looking forward to holding a great celebration next year.” said Paul Jude.

Judge Margaret Bartlett congratulated all the winners. Winners of the prose categories will receive $50 which we hope they will use to buy books in addition to their personal book prizes and boxes of books which will go to the libraries of the winning schools. The over all winner received the Lochee Anderson Award which was created by the Society of Women Writers S A to encourage young Australian writers.

There was also a record number of entries in the Haiku poetry categories which is sponsored by Bindii the SA Japanese Poetry Genres Group. This sponsorship provided $50 prizes for the winners of the major categories. Judge Lee Bentley said she was pleased with the high standard of the Haiku entries this year.

Chair Heather Webster thanked the sponsors Beyond Bank Australia, and Langhorne Creek Grape and Wine , the Festival Organiser Connie Berg. and all the teachers and parents who encouraged their students to enter.

‘Good writing is essential for so many professions and can be a source of significant enjoyment throughout life,’ she said. ‘We are looking forward to another excellent competition in 2017.’

Langhorne Creek Young Peoples Writing Competition 2016

Results for the Open Competition:

Category R-1
Winner: Cherry Robinson, : Trees for Life
Eastern Fleurieu School Strathalbyn


Category Years 2/3
Winner: Charlotte Grebneff, Belinda the Bee
Eastern Fleurieu School Strathalbyn

Highly Commended: - Ashley Robinson, Running Free
Eastern Fleurieu School Strathalbyn

Commended: - Schyler Duffy The Falling Leaf
Fulham North Primary School  


Category Years 4/5
Winner:  Carys Harding, The Waterfall in Stepping Stone Gully
Eastern Fleurieu School Strathalbyn


Commended Keisha Codlin: Drought
Eastern Fleurieu School Strathalbyn


Category Years 6/7
Winner: Scout Sylva-Richardson- Incumbent Enduring Whisper
Richmond Primary School


Highly Commended: 38- Naomi Weston,The Spirit Tree
Richmond Primary School


Commended: Grace Bittner, Sparks of Loneliness
Naracoorte Primary School


Category Years 8/9/10
Unfortunately entries did not write to the topic. Although there were some promising entries submitted, no prize was awarded.


2016 Langhorne Creek Haiku Prize Winners:

Year 2/3       Winner:
Angus Sawyer, Eastern Fleurieu School Strathalbyn"tall grey powder" 


Zulva-Anne Ethne-Holt, Eastern Fleurieu School  Milang - "heaps of rain "


Tom Vrabec-Lyons, Eastern Fleurieu School Strathalbyn - "light glistening"


Year 4/5  Winner:
Josh Van Kooten, EFS Milang - "icy basketball"

Alyssa Mumford, Eastern Fleurieu School Strathalbyn - "twirling snowflake"
Isabel Kropp, Eastern Fleurieu School Strathalbyn - “streets of India"


Year 6/7  Winner:
Emma Ambagtsheer, West Beach Primary - "the wind "


Jade Robertson  West Beach Primary School, - "the cool breeze..."
Anabel Follett, Eastern Fleurieu School  Langhorne Creek    "soft sandy "


Year 8-10 Winner:  
William Joyner, EFS Strath - "darkness shrouds t "


Ella Simon,      Eastern Fleurieu School Strathalbyn - "bees hum "
Charlotte Ward, Eastern Fleurieu School Strathalbyn - "different shapes "


Most Outstanding Haiku over all age groups.
Special commendation
Angus Sawyer, Eastern Fleurieu School Strathalbyn - "tall grey .."