Writer wins $5000

CURRUMBIN Waters writer Sam Varley has won a lucrative prize.

Sam's story, A Smaller Lump of Clay, won the junior award worth $5000 in a National Youth Week 'Write It' competition.

The first draft of the story took about a week, then Sam worked with his older brother Isaac, a philosophy student, to develop the final version.

“Isaac's not a writer, it's just that he is not afraid to tell me what he thinks,” Sam said.

After noticing the competition advertised on television, Sam set about writing his 1500-word tale to the theme of “finding your way back”.

“The story is about a couple of friends on a road trip who wander into the woods discussing issues that are causing them angst,” Sam said.

“It is about how ideals get whittled down to a more refined idea.”

The 17-year-old won an Apple Notebook and an iPod Nano for his story. “It is pretty cool, I didn't have a laptop,” he said.

He is now studying writing for a Bachelor of Communications at Griffith University with the aim of being a professional writer.

The competition is run by the Federal Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Department.



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