Budding writer: Venumi Gamag Image Credit: Supplied

Abu Dhabi: A nine-year-old student from The Pearl Primary School in Abu Dhabi has published her short story after being awarded second place in the third Oxford University Press story-writing competition at the recent Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai.

Venumi Gamag’s short story Hello Bronze, Goodbye Charlie is about the relationship between a child and a dog. It was awarded second place in the 11 and under category.

Said one of the judges at the festival, “The story of a dog’s love for a girl that ends on a tragic note never fails to tug at one’s heartstrings. The last few sentences caught me by surprise and made me emotional — and that was the winning factor in this story. Some goodbyes can be so permanent, they can break a heart.”

Gamag, who plans to become an author, said: “My favourite books are mystery, adventure and fantasy, though I’m starting on classics.

“Because I like fantasy stories so much, I usually finish a story feeling like I’ve experienced the adventure.”