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Matilda in print with young writers’ award

Posted 4 November 2016

Matilda Bolt receiving the La Trobe University's Young Writers’ Award

Matilda Bolt, a Year 10 student at Glen Waverley has won third prize in La Trobe University’s Young Writers’ awards.

The judges included authors and educators, all of whom which were highly impressed with the high standard of entries from the Year 10 finalists from across Victoria and southern NSW.

For Matilda, the competition seemed like a good place to start having her work judged at a professional level. It was this intent, partnered with her parents’ encouragement that motivated her to “take the leap” and enter.

La Trobe University set entrants the theme of space for the competition and Matilda explored this theme through her love of the fantasy genre, “I love to write fantasy, especially fantasy set in worlds of my own creation, as there are no regulations or constrictions on what can and can’t be done.

I’m constantly inspired by the people and things around me to create worlds vastly different from our own. Those worlds could be anything from a sci-fi planet, to a Lord of the Rings- style world, to a dystopian society. I also find the union of science fiction and fantasy endlessly interesting, as the possibilities are infinite when technology and the supernatural are brought together.”

As for what Matilda reads herself, a raft of female authors feature in her current reading list: “I love Isobelle Carmody’s Obernewtyn series, which manages to be a dystopia hidden inside science fiction that looks like fantasy, and the way that story is crafted just blows my mind. Maggie Stiefvater, Cassandra Clare and Emily Rodda would also have to be among my favourite authors.”

Matilda’s story will be featured in print in the book La Trobe Young Writers' Awards Anthology 2017. Congratulations Matilda!

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