Competition Results

Results of FAW and other Writing Competitions are posted here and may also include winning entries. Click a competition title to read more.

Results: The FAW NSW 2023 Ernestine Hill and Rae Cerhan Competitions

The Inaugural 2023 Ernestine Hill Memorial Short Story Competition:

Winner: Rachel Flynn, Fitzroy North, Victoria
Story Title: ‘Griffith’

The 2023 Rae Alison Cerhan Australiana Ballad:

Winner: Nola Vickery
Poem Title: ‘Under Opal Skies’.

Results: FAW Hilarie Lindsay Short Story Competition 2023

SECTION 1: SENIOR SECONDARY

Winner: 
Sienna Graziani, ‘The Mortician’s Lament’, Central Coast Adventist College NSW

Highly Commended: 
Adrian Zeckendorf, ‘Consumption’, St Michaels Collegiate TAS. 

Judge’s Report: Hilarie Lindsay Short Story Competition 2023

SECTION 1: Senior Secondary

General comments 
Whilst plot lines were often imaginative and the themes had a moral twist, too many stories appeared to be first drafts with no revision.

Result: FAW Marjorie Barnard Short Story Competition 2023

WINNER: 

Roger Vickery, Freshwater NSW, for ‘SPURS’.

Competition Results: Lambing Flat FAW

National Cherry Festival Writing Competition 2022

Celebrating 40 years at Young 1982–1922

Categories were: 

  • Short Story Adult Section
  • Poetry Adult Section
  • Short Story School Students Section Yrs 7-8-9
  • Short Story School Students Section Yrs 10-11-12
  • Poetry School Students Section Yrs 7-8-9
  • Poetry School Students Section Yrs 10-11-12
  • Short Story Junior Primary Section Yrs 1-2-3
  • Short Story Junior Primary Section Yrs 4-5-6
  • Poetry Junior Primary Section Yrs 1-2-3
  • Poetry Junior Primary Section Yrs 4-5-6

The full 

Results: FAW NSW Competitions 2022

2022 FAW Jean Stone Poetry Award 

Winner: 
‘From Impermanence’, David Atkinson, Beecroft NSW. 

Short listed: 

‘Under Opal Skies‘, Nola Vickery, Frenchs Forest NSW 
‘Beauty in the Breeze‘, Rod Fransisco, Ooralea,

Judge’s Report: Marjorie Barnard Award 2021

There were 125 entries in this year’s Marjorie Barnard Award and I enjoyed reading them all. I expected many would have the pandemic either as the focus of the story or at least in the background, but there were only three,

Judge’s Comments: Hilarie Lindsay Short Story Competition 2021

The quality of the entries was very good. The winner and the commended stories were of a very high standard. I found difficulty in choosing a commended story. Those whose stories are shortlisted have high potential as creative writers.

Many writers had an imaginative story line and fell down when they didn’t deliver with tight writing.

2021 Marjorie Barnard Award Prizewinning Story

Good People

by Jodie Kewley, Red Hill South, Victoria

His mother hardly spoke on the long drive home, which suited him. She asked if he wanted the radio on and he said no. She asked if he wanted to stop at Maccas and he said no.

2021 Hilarie Lindsay Prizewinning Story: Section 1

The Voice of Nothing 

by Nathan Mackrill, Year 11, Barker College

Is it the sea you hear in me?
Its dissatisfactions?
Or the voice of nothing, that was your madness?

2021 Hilarie Lindsay Prizewinning Story: Section 2

Decomposition

by Amelie Jenkins, Year 8, St. Scholastica’s College

My heart has begun to blister, it too giving in to death. Would it be selfish that a small part of me wishes it had fought harder?

2021 Hilarie Lindsay Prizewinning Story: Section 3

To a Better Future 

by Rachel Theresia, Year 5, Abbotsleigh Junior School 

There I was, as a wax statue. I was in the History of Famous Inventors Museum which was built in 2040,

2021 Hilarie Lindsay Prizewinning Story: Section 4

When He Was Here 

by Astrid Esslinger, Year 4, Austinmer Public School.

When he was here it was brilliant, magical in fact. But when he was called to go to war, sadness drowned me.

Results: Lambing Flat Competition 2021

RESULTS SHEET (3-page PDF 164K)

From the Competition Co-ordinator…

Thank you to the teachers and parents who encouraged the students to enter. They came from distant parts and all states and territories of Australia, as did local schools who supported our competition.

FAW NSW 2021 Competitions Report

By Cate Plink, Competition Convenor

Well, what a year we’ve had with our competitions this year.

There were 125 entries in the Marjorie Barnard competition, far more than in recent years. The standard of the entries was also high as well.

Results: Lambing Flat Competition 2020

National Cherry Festival Writing Competition 

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

ADULT SHORT STORY SECTION

First Place: Mad Molly Jenny McLoughlin Arundel, QLD Second Place: Menopaws David DoddSapphire Beach, NSW Highly Commended: I Mean Colin CampbellHolt,