These boots were made for writing: Alstonville Public School student Sam Limpenny-Fawcett recently won the Norman Lindsay Festival of Children’s Literature short story comp.
These boots were made for writing: Alstonville Public School student Sam Limpenny-Fawcett recently won the Norman Lindsay Festival of Children’s Literature short story comp.

A shoe-in for writing award

They may be too small, broken and old, but Sam Limpenny-Fawcett’s shoes have just won him first prize in the national Norman Lindsay Festival of Children’s Literature short story competition.

Sam, who is a Year 5 student at Alstonville Public School, had no idea he was being taken to the Blue Mountains to accept his prize until the day arrived.

“(My teachers and parents) kept it a secret that we were going and that I’d won,” Sam said.

He beat more than 600 other entries from kids aged 6-12 years old who had to write a 1000-word story on the topic ‘My Best Friend’.

Sam said he got the idea of doing something about his shoes from his twin brother Ben, who had written another story about shoes.

“It’s meant to be funny... It’s not like homework, it was fun.”

Ten-year-old Sam has a passion for writing and is no stranger to winning competitions for his craft. At last year’s Alstonville Show Sam collected first prize for another short story about a penguin with super powers.

“He does kung-fu and takes over the world,” Sam said.

As part of his prize, Sam will get a $300 book voucher and another $300 voucher will go to his school.

Sam plans to get some current kids favourites including Nit Boy and Captain Underpants for himself, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid for his brother Ben and something for his mum, dad and teacher, David Wright.

“I’m not that good at maths but I love English,” Sam said with a smile.


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