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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.

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Click here to view the 2018 Conditions of Entry.

2017 State Winners

Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales

  • The Confession of Father Cosimo – William Pieper, Home Education

Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia

  • Heads or Tails – Sarah Crockett, Methodist Ladies College

Queensland and Northern Territory

  • The Bedtime Rebellion – Ellen Vickerman, Brisbane State High School

2017 Shortlisted Entries

Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales

  • The Confession of Father Cosimo – William Pieper, Home Education
  • Death in Shanghai – Jack Zhou, Sydney Boys High School
  • So It Goes – Jumaana Abdu, James Ruse Agricultural High School
  • Ghosts of Gallipoli – Alex Turner-Cohen, Roseville College
  • Train to Manhattan – Luke Bradshaw Poier, Sydney Grammar School

Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia

  • Beyond the Glass Stars – Sophia Zikic, Kilvington Grammar
  • Heads or Tails – Sarah Crockett, Methodist Ladies College
  • A Mirror – Penny Lindros, Kardinia International College
  • Everlasting Jack Fleeting – Saraid Taylor, East Doncaster Secondary College
  • Pendulum – Isabelle Juric, Comet Bay College

Queensland and Northern Territory

  • The Bedtime Rebellion – Ellen Vickerman, Brisbane State High School
  • Gemini – Lan Fang, Ormiston College
  • The Rapture and the Woe – Grace Curley, Somerset College
  • Dawn at 5 – Serene McCormack, Brisbane State High School
  • Colours of the Barrel – Talia Varcoe, Somerset College

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