Results of FAW and other Writing Competitions are posted here and may also include winning entries. Click a competition title to read more.
In July this year, Geordie Williamson, Chief Literary Critic of The Australian, wrote of the crisis facing the development of an Australian National Literature exacerbated by government funding cuts to the arts,
FAW NSW Biennial Awards
by Penny Lane
Breathe: inhale the breaths of eagles,
the breaths of emus, echidnas, kites
in saltbush, spinifex, airy country,
of gangurru, kanguru, kangaroo;
I very much enjoyed reading the entries for this year’s Jean Stone Award. The following poems were short-listed:
# 8 ‘Breathe’
#64 ‘House sitting’
Of these #8 ‘Breathe’ was chosen as the winner of the Award.
Results were announced at the November 5 FAW Awards Luncheon by Competition Convenor Cate Plink. The winners are:
Section 1 Senior Secondary (Years 10, 11 & 12):
Isabella Vacaflores, Year 10, North Sydney Girls High for ‘Stuff in Space’.
The 2016 FAW NSW Walter Stone Biennial Award for LifeWriting
Announced at the November 5 FAW Awards Luncheon by the Judge of the Walter Stone Life Writing Award, Dr Rae Luckie, the 2016 winner is:
Richard Yaxley oam
for ‘Homecoming: A Memoir’.
Fellowship of Australian Writers North Shore Branch
Mini Memoir Section
1st Prize: ‘The Food of Love’, Jan Foster (Vic)
2nd Prize: ‘Discovering Daphne’, Carolyn Eldridge-Alfonzetti (NSW)
Highly Commended: ‘Wave to Mummy’,
CATEGORY A: POETRY
First Place: ‘Dreams’ by Hessom Razavi, Fremantle WA
Second Place: ‘Polio’ by Pippa Kay, Hunters Hill NSW
Commended: ‘Ghost’ by Hessom Razavi, Fremantle WA
CATEGORY B: SHORT STORY
First Place (Equal): ‘Borderlines’ by Ryan Grice,
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),
As reported in the December issue of the Writers Voice:
Irish-born Dorothy Simmons, from Albury, was the well-deserved winner of the Marjorie Barnard 2015 Short Story Award, her short story being judged the best from 75 entries.