QLD Writing for Life 2016

Winners announced

Photo of state-wide winner Darly Ngwe and her friends
State-wide winner Darly Ngwe, 15, and her friends were caught by surprise when her winning entry ‘Fin’ was selected. She won a family resort package at Peppers Resort on the Gold Coast for her empathetic portrayal of a young boy who needs a transplant.

Talented young teens who put their words where their hearts are for a writing competition met transplant recipients with a real story to tell at the Brisbane Writers Festival.

Young writers from all over Queensland took part in the challenge to step into the minds of someone on the transplant waiting list, or someone who’s loved one had saved many lives through donation.

Writing for Life is a microfiction writing competition with a difference. It sets out to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of Queenslanders who wait and wish for a second chance at life through organ and tissue donation.

Winning entrants in DonateLife Queensland’s Writing for Life 2016 competition heard from a Brisbane heart-lung transplant recipient who is so well she now competes in triathlons, and a young liver recipient whose life was turned upside down in her senior school year.

Winners were announced at the State Library of Queensland, through the generous partnership with the Brisbane Writers Festival. The winners read their entries in front of an audience of friends, family and supporters.

The owner of Avid Reader and Where The Wild Things Are, and staunch literary supporter, Ms Fiona Stager, assisted with the judging of this year’s entries from throughout Queensland. She told the winners that developing empathy not only made them better writers, but better people.

The overall state-wide winner was Darly Ngwe. Her entry entitled Fin authentically placed herself in the hearts and minds of a family waiting for a life-saving gift. She has received a family holiday at Peppers Resorts, Gold Coast.


Other winners this year were:

Age winner 12-13yrs:

1. Billy Workman: Hope

2. Emily Edward: My Loss

3. Matilda Keenan: Give, But Don't Forget

Highly commended: Renee Briggs: Failing Heartbeat

Age winner 14-15yrs:

1. Darly Ngwe: Fin

2. Amasia Hegarty: Released

3. Joe Van den Bergh: On the Brink of Death

Highly commended: Zoe Gavarra, Emptiness

Highly commended: Arianna Smith, Why Can’t They Hear

Age winner 16-17yrs:

1. Matt Carlson: Misinterpretation – in C#

2. Amy Jo Stroppiana: On the Bright Side

3. Anne Chen: The Yellow Man

Highly commended: Mark MacKenzie, Torrential Rain


Look out for next year’s Queensland competition which will be held during term 2-3 of 2017. Thank you to all the teachers, students, principals and writing clubs who strongly supported this year’s competition.


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