Sooke student wins second in Island-wide writing contest

12-year-old Paige-Marie Stewart hopes to write a book one day

Sooke student wins second in Island-wide writing contest

This 12-year-old Sooke student has the write stuff.

Paige-Marie Stewart won second place out of more than 20 entries in the junior category of the Island Short Fiction Contest last month. Her story, Titan Titanium Bread, earned a certificate and a $50 gift card to Chapters.

“I did not expect it at all, so it was pretty exciting,” noted Stewart before explaining that her story is about a girl who falls asleep on a train and wakes up in a different world.

“My favourite part about the story is the ending, because it kind of has a twist,” she added.

Stewart entered the contest earlier this year with hopes of finding out how her writing would stand up against other students on the Island.

Paige’s mother, Kelly Stewart, has home schooled all four of her kids, and encourages them to enter academic contests often.

“Because my kids are home learners, it’s great to have that assurance that we are continuing on the right track,” Kelly Stewart explained. “They don’t get that same constant feedback like they would in a classroom, so this way they can see where they are sitting academically.”

Her daughter said she would like to continue entering in writing competitions, and hopes to write a fiction novel one day. “I like fiction writing because it’ s totally up to you. You don’t have to any research, you can just make up what you want to write and say whatever you want.”