Canberra student shortlisted in writing award

A 14 year old school student from Flynn has today been announced as a finalist for the John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers. 

Writer John Marsden

Ingrid Brett was chosen from 600 entrants from around Australia for her poem, “My Name is Growing.”

Winners of each category will be announced by Marsden as part of the 2012 Express Media Awards on Friday, December 7, from 6pm at the Wheeler Centre inMelbourne.

Winners share in $5,500 of prize money and are also published online at Express Media and in the December issue of Voiceworks magazine.

The full list of finalists is as follows:

18 24 Short Story/First chapter of a novel

Rebecca Howden (24)  Friend

Rafael SW (22)  Distance is Relative

Ekaterina Tretiakova (21)  Poppies

Stacey Malacari (22)  Hope Rose

18- 24 Poetry

Michael Blake (23)  Nugent

Madelaine Lucas (22)  Memory is Tidal

Zoe Taylor (23)  Stroke

Paul Ferlitsch (22)  For Katie

Anders Villani (23)  with a girl who loves life but hates camping

Louise Millar (21)  Dear,

Under 18 Short Story/First chapter of a novel

Bethia Sun (13)  Decipher Defect

Lauren Pearce (17)  Home, Where Birds Won’t Fly

Eliza Janssen (16)  The Other Ampersand

Elliot Seidel (16)  Wishing Hole

Lucy Vanderstelt Gu (15)  Farewell Mariner, Goodbye Teenager

Under 18 Poetry

Karen Liu (14)   The Rain

Ingrid Brett (14)  My Name is Growing

Tess McPhail (17)  6.59am

Maille Halloran Mackay (17)  So be it and sonnet

Amin Olson (15)  The Wanderer

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