• 29 September 2020

Loving art and language

We are really thrilled for Marsden Year 13 student, Amelia Isac, who won the Sargeson Prize Secondary Schools Division with her short story ‘Nic’. Sponsored by the University of Waikato, the Sargeson Prize was launched in 2019 and is New Zealand's richest short story competition.


New Zealand author and Judge, Owen Marshall, was "particularly impressed with the strong ‘voice’ achieved in the best stories".


While honoured to receive this significant award, Amelia has never really considered herself a writer before.  

I love art and language but I haven’t thought of myself as a writer before. This gives me the confidence to continue writing about my experiences and the world around me.
Amelia Isac, 2020 Sargeson Prize Secondary School Division Winner

Amelia receives $500 together with a week-long summer writing residency at the University of Waikato. This includes accommodation and meals at one of the University halls of residence, a writing mentor who will offer feedback on their work, and a writing space in the School of Arts.


Marsden Head Girl Leila Barber received a Highly Commended for her short story ‘Copse/Corpse’.


Congratulations on this stunning achievement!


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