The 2017 short story competition winners are set out below.
A huge thanks to the Friends of Mackay Libraries for judging this year's competition.
Grade 3 and 4
WINNER - Lucy Finger from Clermont State School for her story Henry and the Sock Elf
RUNNER-UP - Madeleine Gaiter from Middlemount Community School for her story "Saying Goodbye" (not submitted)
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Maddison Ebert from Fitzgerald State School for her story The Bad Mummy
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Elise Doherty from Emmanuel Catholic Primary School for her story Never Give Up
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Elijah Teka-Crowther for his story Across the Globe in my Lego Plane
Grade 5 and 6
WINNER - Cohen Murry from Emmanuel Catholic School for his story SOS
RUNNER-UP - Elliot Papoulis from Eimeo Road State School for his story So Many Steps
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Nina Boys from Victoria Park State School for her story Gone!
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Imogen Wood from Victoria Park State School for her story A Doggy Dilemma
Grade 7 and 8
WINNER - Ariane Molina from Mackay State High School for her story Beneath the Grey
RUNNER-UP - Ariane Molina from Mackay State High School for her story The Storm that Roared
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Kelsea Thomson from Mackay Northern Beaches State High School for her story Growing Up
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Paige Thomson from Whitsunday Anglican School for her story Please Slow Down!!!
Grade 9 and 10
WINNER - Emma Cameron from Mackay North State School for her story Many Correspondents
RUNNER-UP - Caytlyn Wilson from Mackay Northern Beaches State High School for her story Confession
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Claudia-Chantel Xerinda from Mackay North State High School for her story "Becoming the Hermit" (story not provided)
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Logan Harper from Sarina State High School for his story Living Wasn't Really Living Without You
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Shakiera Williams from Mackay North State High School for her story A Common Soldier
Grade 11 and 12
WINNER - Freya Cox from The Friend's School, Victoria for her story "Welcome Home" (not for publication)
RUNNER-UP - Hithyshini Prasad from St Patricks College Mackay for her story White Picket Fence
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Kate Lockyer and Saad Ashraf from Whitsunday Anglican School for their story Heading Home
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Freya Cox from The Friend's School, Victoria for her story "Change" (not for publication)