Once again, our annual writing competition has been a pleasure for us, with so many young writers sharing their imaginative work. There were stories from Maleny to Pomona, as we have extended the competition to our sister paper, the Sunny Coast Times.

We received entries from students at various schools: Nambour State College, Mountain Creek State High School, Caloundra State School, Pacific Lutheran College, Nambour Christian College, Maleny State School, The River School and Montville State School.

Thank you for encouraging your students to fire up their imaginations and take part – it’s heartwarming to have your schools support us in this.

Thanks also to all the homeschoolers who entered, and those who decided to write from home, independently of their schools. 

Our winner, Diya Joy, hails from Maleny, and we had to choose three runners up, rather than two, as it was too close to call!  (Unfortunately, one of our runners up was away during the front cover photoshoot.) 

We have two Highly Commended writers, who were only one point behind the runners up, and a few Special Mentions. 

HT writer and one of the competition judges, Gay Liddington, said, “I was impressed at the high standard of creative concepts, imagery, and writing skills. Entering competitions encourages us to meet deadlines and be the best we can be at that time. 

“Those who enter, show courage, belief in themselves and their willingness to learn and grow their craft.”

You can read the winner’s story and one runner up story on pages 10 and 11. The other two runner up stories will be in the next issue.

A big thank you to Western Avenue Floral Design for their generous donation to the prize money and the beautiful flowers for our winner; to The Little Book Nook in Palmwoods for the four book vouchers, and to Montville Coffee for the barista experience our winner and runners up will receive.

Roll on the next one – and keep writing!

Victoria McGuin



How History Repeats Itself by Diya Joy 


Covid Convenience by Jenna Walker 

The Plan by Imogen Piercy 

2020 by Bo Wulf Scott 



Lost Vegas by Gudrun Harris Rosenfeldt

The Voices That Spoke Back by Hayden Elliott 


Special mentions from one or more of the judges:

Journey to Espher by Jackson Wilson; Covid’s Here by Lucia Gollan; Ginny’s Creativity Spike by Elissa Cathro; The Power of Imagination by Isabella Kosch-Coyne; 2020 by Jayda Cox, and Levvi’s Rollercoaster by Jessica Skye Fitzgerald



Hinterland Times Editor Victoria McGuin and Sunny Coast Times Editor, Chris Gilmore, with winner Diya Joy and two of the three runners up, Jenna Walker and Bo Wulf Scott. Runner up, Imogen Piercy, was away on school camp 

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