GRACE Carmichael loves nothing more than daydreaming.
And the Year 10 student says those dreamy moments are the key to the poetry that so impressed judges at the weekend’s River of Stories school literary competition.
A Year 10 St Paul’s College student, Grace won the major prize winner for her Time is a Wind.
“I know it’s hard for people to find the time to write but if people can drift off, daydream and express their feelings, they’ll produce something great,” she said.
Grace, 15, said she had forgotten about the poem she wrote 10 weeks ago.
“I was surprised that it won and it was strange hearing them read my poem out,” she said.
She said writing offered her a break from the daily stresses of teenage life.
Grace won $200 as the main prize in the poetry section.
Other winners were Will Hampton, Victory Lutheran College, and Lewis Mol, Albury High School (year 9 and 10 short story), Kate Moyle, Trinity Anglican College, (year 9 and 10 poetry) and Sonali Kagithala, James Fallon High School (year 7 and 8 short story).
St Paul’s College and Trinity Anglican College won $500 each in the schools competition.