The aim of this biennial competition since 1999 continues to be the recognition of literary excellence and the enhancement of the image of the Shoalhaven as a place of strong cultural development.
The Awards are sponsored by Shoalhaven Arts Board (of the Shoalhaven City Council), Fellowship of Australian Writers (Shoalhaven Region) and Bundanon Trust. Judge: Brook Emery.
First Place: Gemma Parker for ‘In the Ring’.
Second Place: Jill Gientzotis for ‘Falling off the Maps (Palmyra)’.
Third Place: Frank Russo for ‘Last Evening on the Malecon’.
The Geoff Bolton Award for an entry from a Shoalhaven resident went to Rod Milliken from Greenwell Point, for his poem, ‘the language of the grail’.