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Celebration of Literature

The Somerset National Novella Writing Competition

The Somerset National Novella Writing Competition is open to all Australian high school students. It is a wonderful opportunity for serious student writers, encouraging them in their literary growth - and there are also some fantastic prizes on offer!

As a part of the 2018 Somerset Celebration of Literature, school-aged students are invited to participate in the Somerset National Novella Writing Competition supported by Penguin Group.

2018 National Winner

​​​Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia

  • Backyards – Abby Strangward, Frankston High School

2018 State Winners

Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Western Australia

  • A Higher Power – Grace Hu, Pymble Ladies' College

​​​Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia

  • Backyards – Abby Strangward, Frankston High School

Queensland and Northern Territory

  • Grave Ties – Kodi Sawtell, Boonah State High School

2018 Shortlisted Entries

Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Western Australia

  • Red Ridge, White Snow – William Pieper, Home Education
  • The Intersection – Keely Mewett, Picton High School
  • A Higher Power – Grace Hu, Pymble Ladies' College
  • The Last Year – Georgina Lidgard, Applecross Senior High School

Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia

  • Body in Brighton – Imogen Reeves, Launceston Church Grammar School
  • First Forever, Forever First – Jun Tong Liu, Presbyterian Ladies College
  • Backyards – Abby Strangward, Frankston High School
  • A Million Unspoken Words – Angelina Goh, Presbyterian Ladies’ College

Queensland and Northern Territory

  • A Shadow of April – Ella Barnett, Murrumba State Secondary College
  • Twin Souls – Lauren Gray, Kilcoy State High School
  • Steph-VAN-ie Frik – Shavonne Jones, Varsity College
  • Grave Ties – Kodi Sawtell, Boonah State High School

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