Thank you to all entrants. The judges were impressed with the range of stories and ideas this year. Congratulations to the prize winners:
Read more about the authors, their winning stories and the judges report.
1st place: Gayle Beveridge ‘Children in the House‘
Gayle Beveridge writes because she loves it. It is her radiant red-sky sunset, her budding spring flowers. It is bird song and a long walk in the bush. Gayle is a past winner of the Boroondara Literary Awards. Her work has appeared in Award Winning Australian Writing, The Umbrella’s Shade, Vegemite Whiskers and Mosaic. Gayle is passionate about writing, photography, sunsets, dogs, and chocolate and with Victoria’s beautiful Bass Coast which she now calls home.
2nd place: Pi James ‘Self Care‘
Pi James(she/her) is a writer and communications strategist for social change. Originally from Meanjin/Brisbane, she has lived and worked in New York, Los Angeles, Beijing, Shanghai, Sydney and Islamabad. An emerging fiction writer, Pi currently calls Naarm/Melbourne home where she lives with her partner, toddler and newborn baby. You can find her at www.pijames.com and Twitter @pi_james.
3rd place: Arianwyn ‘Peace‘
I wanted to be an author my whole life. A few years ago, I decided to give writing a shot. Since then, I’ve written many short stories and flash fiction across sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, and thriller genres. I’ve also been working on my first full novel – a dystopian sci-fi adventure.
When I’m not writing, I live a quiet life with my cat. I love walks on the beach, exploring nature, fun days with friends, and chasing inspiration for new stories.
HC: Michael Batchelor ‘Finding Home‘
My name is Michael Batchelor. I’ve been writing fiction stories since I was nine years old. Today, I have a Bachelor of Communications and work as a content writer for a digital marketing company. My dream is to be a published author and provide the feeling I feel when reading great literature.
HC: Sarah Fallon ‘You Can’t Go Home‘
Sarah Fallon is a writer, living in the Illawarra, NSW. She writes on topics from fairy tales to farming as well as short fiction. She has been published in Overland, Aurealis and Mindful Parenting and won the Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Fiction in 2017. When she isn’t reading, writing or parenting, she can be found on her partner’s dairy farm or making a mess with paint and paper. www.sarahfallon.net