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OzKids Magazine

2004 Awards

Writing is its own reward. Its devotees experience the loneliness and solitude that go with writing. Sometimes it is important to start with realistic expectations, for, in the words of Alfred Whitehead, ‘A man really writes for an audience of about ten persons. Of course if others like it, that is clear gain. But if those ten are satisfied, he is content’.

Many ignorant folk may dismiss writing summarily as a dog’s life. If writing is a dog’s life, it is the only life worth living.

Yes, writing is a solitary occupation – one in which even family, friends and society are the natural enemies of the writer. ‘He must be alone, uninterrupted and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking’ (I. Powell)’

Our young writers in the album are to be commended; for it is they who have demonstrated the fortitude to bare their soul as would a sensitive person plunging naked into tropical waters where sharks abound. Yet it is they who achieve the euphoric satisfaction when the creations are complete.

Few people will experience the sense of satisfaction that engulfs our young writers for in the words of Ann Lindberg, ‘What release to write so that on forgets oneself, forgets one’s companion, forgets where one is or what one is going to do next – to be drenched in work as one is drenched in sleep or in the sea …’

Our many contributors have exhibited these qualities to varying degrees, they have pressed on undaunted and unrelenting in pursuit of their craft, forging their own individualistic style. In the words of C.J. Dennis ‘I dips me lid to you’.

Never ever become blase about your gift and continue to exercise your talent to further enhance the natural skills with which you have been blessed.

Noel Butterfield
Editor

2004 Awards Overall Winning Entries

Congratulations to All the Winners

Below are the Winning Entries for this year. You can read them now by clicking the title, or choose to download the full PDF version above.

Awards for Short Stories

It Has a Name That Inspires Magical Inclinations

By Kate 
from Koonung Secondary College
 vic
Secondary Short Story Award
The Hazel Edwards Literary Award

La Vita Bella

By Andrea  
from Darwin High School
 nt
Overall Winner
The BIC Australia Writer Of The Year

The Creek

By Beth 
from Sale Primary School
 vic
Primary School Short Story Award
The Dymocks Literary Award

The Key to Happiness

By Sarah  
from Our Lady Of Mercy College
 vic
Short Story Award
The ASG Literary Award

The Legend of the Selkies

By Katrina 
from Geebung State School
 qld
Achievement Award
The BIC Australia Achievement Award

Awards for Poetry

Flowers Of Life

By Andrea 
from Loreto College
 sa
The Telematics Trust Literary Award
Secondary School Poetry Award

I Find Peace

By Christine Mary 
from Darwin High School
 nt
Achievement Award
The Don Burke Achievement Award

Platypus

By Harry John 
from Jamieson Primary School
 vic
Poetry
The ASG Literary Award

The Tide

By Aarish 
from Southwood Boys' Grammar School
 vic
Primary School Poetry Award
The Qantas Flight Catering Literary Award

Book Reviews

No Reviews were found for this edition, open the pdf to read them in the magazine.

Winning Art Entries

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In Memory of Rob Leonard, Our Founder

It is with great sadness that the Board of Directors, staff, and myself from the Children’s Charity Network must inform you of the passing of our founder, Mr Rob Leonard, following a 14-month battle with Cancer. We pass our condolences to Rob’s friends and family at this terrible time.

Rob was a wonderful, caring man with a passion for service and charity. His vision to influence young Australians through literacy 25 years ago has impacted thousands, who will all be saddened by this news. In honour of Rob, I look forward to growing his vision and continuing to advocate for the value of literacy and arts.

Please take a moment to reflect upon Rob’s impact on you, and remember his uncompromising belief in the power of Art and Writing.

Rob, you will be truly missed but never far away from our thoughts. 

May Rob’s memory be a blessing.

Jason Woods
Children’s Charity Network Board and Community