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Anjali pens a winning story

TOFFEE: Anjali Dutton from Bangalow, winner of the 2014 NSW Pilot Pen Creative Writing Scholarship Photo
TOFFEE: Anjali Dutton from Bangalow, winner of the 2014 NSW Pilot Pen Creative Writing Scholarship Photo Christian Morrow

YOUNG Bangalow writer Anjali Dutton has taken out first prize in the 2014 NSW Pilot Pen Creative Writing Scholarship.

The Year 8 Shearwater Steiner School student was chosen from thousands of entries for her story, Toffee. She has won $1000, a $150 Pilot Pen Pack and a signed Andy Griffths book pack worth $35.97.

The competition was judged by the renowned children's author himself, Andy Griffiths and child psychologist Jocelyn Brewer.

"This is a very funny story about a clean-living, sugar-avoiding vegetarian's first experience with toffee," Mr Griffiths said. "The story has a great narrative voice and use of detail."

The story was based on Anjali's real-life experience at her class social when someone brought along some homemade toffee.

"We don't eat that kind of thing often, and everyone who had toffee went crazy," she said.

"I ate some and it got stuck to my teeth and in my story the dad had to heat some green smoothie to unstick the toffee."

Anjali is a voracious reader, and her parents, Fiona and Scott, believe her talent as a writer comes from her love of reading.

You can read Anjali's winning entry at www.pilotpen.com.au.

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