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It is our great pleasure to announce the finalists of the 2018 Northern Beaches Young Writers’ Competition.

Over 580 stories were read and shortlisted, then the shortlisted stories were read by our children's author judges and the finalists are listed below in alphabetical order.

· Alice Surace, St Luke's Grammar School in Grade 3

· Ally Simpson, NBSC Mackellar Girls Campus in Grade 9

· Amy Jones, Oxford Falls Grammar School in Grade 9

· Ash Wattle, Oxford Falls Grammar School in Grade 10

· Caitlin Wood, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Primary School in Grade 2

· Coco Mannall, Mona Vale Public School in Grade 2

· Connor Greig, Oxford Falls Grammar School in Grade 11

· Daria Coleman, Manly Village Public School in Grade 3

· Dexter Carr, Harbord Public School in Grade 4

· Harry Peters, Oxford Falls Grammar School in Grade 11

· Jessica Hamill, St Kieran's Catholic Primary School in Grade 6

· Josh Croxford, Oxford Falls Grammar School in Grade 9

· Leah Worrell, Terrey Hills Public School in Grade 4

· Madeleine Wise-Mann, Yanginanook School in Grade 6

· Melody Paletto, Manly Village Public School in Grade 2

· Moe Iwasawa, NBSC Manly Campus in Grade 11

· Nikola Puhl, Oxford Falls Grammar School in Grade 7

· Rommi Cleaves, Oxford Falls Grammar School in Grade 7

· Selby Mumford, St Luke's Grammar School in Grade 8

· Stella Julius, Avalon Public School in Grade 6

· Talia StClare, Collaroy Plateau Public School in Grade 5

· Thea McKnight, Oxford Falls Grammar School in Grade 8

· Valentina Drury, Belrose Public School in Grade K

· Zac Haley, Oxford Falls Grammar School in Grade 11

Please congratulate this year's finalists.

Winners will be announced here on Friday 28 September following the Presentation Night on Thursday 27 September.

The Northern Beaches Young Writers’ Competition has been running for nearly ten years.  Last year’s theme word was ‘upside down’ and over 400 entries were received.  The stories were of a very high standard, as can be seen from the Upside Down eBook published and now held in the Library’s collection.

Meet our 2018 judges: