CAMILLE Leslie may be only 12 but she writes with a much older head.
The year 6 pupil at Thomas Hassall Anglican College recently came second in the national Pilot Pen Creative Writing Scholarship competition.
Camille's short story, Journey, was chosen out of 3800 entries.
The story was written from the perspective of a young asylum seeker, who speaks of his voyage as he approaches Australian shores.
The competition was judged by children's author Andy Griffiths and director of Kid's First Children's Services Sonja Walker.
Camille won $500, a $100 Pilot pen pack and a signed Andy Griffiths book pack.
She said she enjoyed writing stories, especially those that involved journeys and the struggle for freedom.
"I like being creative with my ideas and writing about different things," she said.
"The topic I had to write about was escape and when I was practising, I was learning about refugees at school and hearing about them on the news, so I wrote a story from a little boy's perspective.
"I am absolutely delighted to have won second prize. It has definitely given me more confidence to keep writing more stories."
Camille's mother, Lindy Leslie, said her daughter had taken a keen interested in writing about asylum seekers.
"It's definitely something she's interested in and has asked a lot of questions about," she said.
"It surprised me, but she loves writing different types of stories."