Results: Lambing Flat Competition 2020

National Cherry Festival Writing Competition 

Lambing Flat FAW branch – celebrating 38 years at Young 1982 – 2020


First Place: Mad Molly Jenny McLoughlin Arundel, QLD 
Second Place: Menopaws David DoddSapphire Beach, NSW 
Highly Commended: I Mean Colin CampbellHolt, ACT 
Highly Commended: How Did That HappenJanice Williams Stawell, VIC
Commended: Layers Of Conflict Janice WilliamsStawell, VIC 
Commended: Arthur’s New DiggsNarelle NoppertPicton, NSW 


First Place: Feeding Time David CampbellAirey’s Inlet, VIC 
Second Place: Epitaph To DemocracyRobert Winston Mitchell’s Island, NSW 
Highly Commended: Between Two WarsColin Campbell Holt, ACT 
Highly Commended: The Great Unravelling Pippa KayHunters Hill, NSW 
Highly Commended: Platform OneJohn EganAshfield, NSW 
Commended: Saltwater PeopleCatherine LeeMona Vale, NSW 
Commended: Beset By Dire StraitTerry NorwoodBowral, NSW 
Commended: Another Dawn Brenda JoyCharters Towers, QLD 

From the Coordinator: The Cherry Festival Presentation this year was the same as other festivals throughout the country… cancelled. But cherry harvest functions took place. 

We, the Lambing Flat branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW, pushed on and held our national writing competition to promote our great town of Young. We hoped that everyone who had to stay in isolation at home, would have time to write for us… well, write you did! 

We had 168 short stories and 228 poems submitted from every state (with the exception of Northern Territory) from 185 towns, to make this year a record of almost 400 adult entries. 

Our 10 judges had a really difficult task to pick the winners. So many entries needed to just edit a little more and tighten the focus of the work. Keep trying and we hope to see you again next year. Keep in mind that your entry fee supports our school competition prizes. 

Thanks must go to Ted Webber for his persistence in spreading our entry form far and wide across Australia and to all of the writers who took the time to enter. Thank you so much for your support and enthusiasm. 


Secondary School Short Story Yrs 10-11-12

Commended:Year 2040Lucy LambYoung, NSW 
Commended:BloomAmy RichardsonProspect, TAS 

Secondary School Poetry Yrs 7-8-9

Highly Commended:Falling ApartDin Nia Win Scim Bribbaree, NSW 
Commended:A LocketAmandeep KaurHenley Beach, SA 

Primary School Poetry Yrs 4-5-6

First Place: My First Ballet ShoesRuby HoltYoung Public School, NSW 
Second Place:The BeastMax BarnesYoung Public School, NSW 
Highly Commended:TragedyLaura MacConcord West, NSW 
Highly Commended : Locked In A Cage Ziva NormanYoung Public School, NSW  
Commended:Wedge TailCharlie McGuinessSt Joseph’s Boorowa, NSW 

Junior Primary Schools Poetry Yrs 1-2-3

First Place: Autumn Is HereGeorgia WheelerMurringo, NSW 
Second Place:SpringStella GibsonYoung Public School, NSW 
Highly Commended: Rams Hugh CorkhillSt Joseph’s Boorowa, NSW 
Highly Commended: Spring Poem Ayden WeeksYoung Public School, NSW  
Highly Commended: SummerBrody MulquineyYoung Public School, NSW 
Commended: CheekyMilly DymockSt Joseph’s Boorowa, NSW 
Commended: Hot Summer Tamika BeatonYoung Public School, NSW  
Commended: BootsIvy TaylorSt Joseph’s Boorowa, NSW

Primary School Short Story Yrs 4-5-6

First Place:Take A Walk In Someone Else’s Shoes Elizabeth BoothArundel, Qld 
Second Place: A Step Through TimeZach Thompson St Joseph’s Boorowa, NSW 
Highly Commended: Hope, Fear MaskedWill FinchCootamundra Public School, NSW 
Highly Commended: The Gas TowerNate HirschSt Joseph’s Boorowa, NSW 
Commended:The Rising Of The KingMylee Taylor St Joseph’s Boorowa, NSW 
Commended:Bob Hamish GibsonSt Joseph’s Grenfell, NSW 

Junior Primary Short Story Yrs 1-2-3

First Place:Flying LessonMirabelle CorkeryYoung, NSW 
First Place:Bruni The LizardLachlan HoltYoung Public School, NSW 
Second Place:Dear GodAngus DirksonLilydale, Vic 
Highly Commended: Number 28Georgia JonesMurrumburrah Public School, NSW 
Highly Commended: Locked In A Spaceship Aaisha ChmaitThe New Madinah College, Young, NSW
Highly Commended: Father’s DayGus SmithMurringo Public School, NSW 
Commended: Hyper JackThomas O’CallaghanPascoe Vale, VIC 
Commended: The Princess, The Dog and the Cat.Lola GiddingsMurrumburrah Public School, NSW 
Commended: My Dream Comes True:Camilla HutchingsCootamundra Public School, NSW 
Commended: Georgia GiraffeSkye SommerMurrumburrah Public School, NSW 

Special Section For Kindergarten Awards

First Place: A Monster Pippa ShirwoodMurringo Public School, NSW 

From the School Section Judges. Due to the lack of numbers in the Secondary section, there was insufficient competition for First and Second places. With the Primary and Junior Primary sections, we were well supported by the local schools from all surrounding towns. The great mixture of subjects gave us a very interesting task. 

Thank you to the teachers and parents who took the time to encourage the children and send in their entries. We realise that this time of the year is very busy, so we really appreciate the effort. With 237 entries to get through, the judging took some time. Please join us next year to again make this competition the success that it was this year. 

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