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2019 KYD School Writing Prize Winners

Kill Your Dalings Literary Journal has announced the winners of the 2019 School Writing Prize.

The non-fiction the prize was won by Bryce Groves (Year 10, Quakers Hill High School, NSW), for his essay ‘Normal” What is a ‘normal’ childhood? Is there even such a thing? There is always more to the story; all you have to do is ask.

Bryce Groves is a Year 10 student at Quakers Hill High School in Sydney’s western suburbs, where he is the student liaison for the QHHS Junior AECG (Aboriginal Educational Consultative Group).

The fiction prize was won  by Faye Velasquez (Year 10, Footscray City College, VIC) for her piece ‘Ovals, Ovals.’ ‘The air doesn’t change here when it rains. It doesn’t really have anything to wash away.’

Faye Velasquez is a Year 10 student at Footscray City College in Victoria, who aims to achieve a discipline fit for writing and art. For now her interest lies in making the most out of basic stories, picking and choosing which loose ends will be quietly tied up and experimenting with style. In the future she hopes to play with body horror and sci-fi, and develop her plotting and worldbuilding. Faye is the fiction winner of the 2019 KYD School Writing Prize.

You can read his essay ‘Normal’ on the KYD Website HERE  where you will also find the report from judges Maxine Beneba Clarke and Rebecca Starford.

You can read the piece “Ovals, Ovals” on the KYD website HERE 

There were also five highly commended writers in the prize will also each receive a $100 cash prize, generously donated by Maxine Beneba Clarke.

These writers, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Changing Mark’s Mind by Tantan Guo (Year 11, Balwyn High School)
  • Just a Girl by Zoe Hammond (Year 8, Santa Maria College Northcote)
  • Under All That Fire by Theresa Ngodinhson (Year 12, Balwyn High School)
  • Empty Words by Charlie O’Reagan (Year 10, Footscray City College)
  • One Last Wish by Fraser Penfound (Year 8, Richmond High School)



Wow, Ovals, Ovals was almost like the inner commentary of someone's mind. And I like the feel of "What is a ‘normal’ childhood?" it's like one of those think pieces I read in the paper for fun!

4th Nov, 19

Interesting 🧐

3w ago