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Story Lines Writing Competition

The Story Lines writing competition is a creative writing competition that is held every year for children between the ages of 5-16 years old who live, study, or play in the Kingston council. The competition is divided into 3 age groups, 5 to 8, 9 to 12 and 13 to 16. The rules for the competition are very simple, you must write a creative story that is under 500 words and there is not specific topic you need to write about. I fall in the 13-16 age group and live in the City of Kingstons, so I decided to apply for the competition and write a story. I wanted to write a story, that portrayed the feelings and emotions we felt during the Covid-19 lockdown, the feeling of being somewhat disconnected and lost from our friends and family, and the nostalgia we all felt of going to school and engaging in our everyday activities that we used to do. I was astonished to receive an email a month later stating that I had come 3rd place in my age group out of nearly 100 entries. The story I wrote is called Bright Kite in the Nightlight, the story is about a girl called Alexa, who is looking out her window, as she is stuck inside a her home, a gothic mansion perched atop a hill in a post-apocalyptic dystopian world shrouded with smoke. Hopefully, this story can give you a glimmer of hope, that one day everything will go back to normal, because every rollercoaster has an ending.


Here is a link to the competition page (my story is at the bottom of a page): https://www.kingston.vic.gov.au/library/Kids-Place/Kids-Activities-2/Story-Lines-Writing-Comp 


Rehan Qaium 

Year 9