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.