Four our sixth Better Read Kids Writing Competition, the theme was Intersections, inspired by Meet Me At the Intersection, a young adult anthology of short fiction, memoir and poetry from a variety of genres that showcases the diverse stories and histories of all Australians. The theme encouraged entrants to write about their own stories or family histories in any genre or form and each entrant between the ages of 8 and 14 submitted a truly unique short creative piece of approximately 800 words.
In these pieces, personal struggles and family stories about migration, LGBTQI+ rights, world wars, and pastimes are shared with genuine compassion, warmth and heart. Full of nostalgia, love, hope, and the joy of overcoming adversities faced by themselves, parents and grandparents, there is definitely much to be proud of, celebrated, and cherished within these stories.
Some of the entrants have also entered other pieces into our previous writing competitions, so seeing how their writing has developed and been inspired by the opportunity provided by the Better Read Kids writing competitions is the biggest thrill this Sydney summer has to offer. There are definitely some future authors within the pages of this anthology, and each one sings with a love for history and storytelling.