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The Northern Beaches Young Writers’ Competition is now in its fourteenth year. 2023 saw hundreds of original stories written by talented students from Kindergarten to Year 12. The brief was to include the theme word ‘Promise’ in their entry… and what promising young writers the Northern Beaches has! Stepping up to the challenge, the compelling stories explore space, witches, astronauts and robots. They invoke feelings of family, safety, self-belief, love and heartbreak. From War to art theft and cuddly ninja penguins, the creative pieces capture a range of themes and adventures across this world and beyond. Most of all, the stories reflect what it means to make a promise, to break a promise, the everyday connections we make, and what it means to live life with friends and family.