BPC students WIN 1-2-3 place in the Writing the War: Young Creative Writers Competition


Natasha Dong 8TN , Mia Sevior 8TN and Isabelle Orosz 9TH



Congratulations to Natasha, Mia and Isabelle our 3 winners of Writing the War- City of Moonee Valley, Young creative writer’s competition.

1st- Natasha Dong prize (Macbook Air)

2nd- Mia Sevior prize (IPad Air)

3rd- Isabelle Orosz prize (Gopro)

Competition judge, award winning author Ursula Dubosarsky, said “I’ve judged quite a few writing competitions over the years, and I have to say with total sincerity this has been the hardest to pick a winner. The entries I’ve read have all had such individual strengths it felt impossible to rank them. But that is the job of a judge! So I have done it.” But first I will make some comments on each of the finalists.

War is a subject that brings our profound emotions in both the writer and the reader, and often the best writing I think comes from that place of deepest emotion. All of these finalists deserve very warm congratulations on what they have achieved, writing about a period of history and experience not their own, through empathy and imagination, seriousness and expressive language.

Isabelle Orosz's 'My mama Alice' is a story of loss and disillusionment, cleverly told through intimate letters home from a nurse on the front; I was very moved and disturbed by Mia Sevior's remarkably mature story, 'Lost Myself', with the devastating final words, 'I lost myself in the war. I lost myself', and Natasha Dong's 'Mother' is a searing, immediate, gripping and terrible account of a life about to vanish from the earth.

 To read Natasha, Mia and Isabelle's stories- CLICK HERE