Congratulations to our winners

Short story judge Bruce Pascoe was very impressed with the standard of stories on the shortlist. Congratulations to all!

  • Winner: Anne Brinsden
  • Highly Commended: Cassie Hamer
  • Highly Commended: Jacinta Richards
  • Commended: Catherine Deery
  • Commended: Susan Bennett

Click on their stories below to read what rose to our judges attention.

2017 Shortlist

Congratulations to the following authors whose stories have been shortlisted from 137 entries:

  • Catherine Deery of Wendouree VIC, Looking After
  • Jacinta Richards of Elwood VIC, Fish Tales
  • Cassie Hamer of Queens Park NSW, Total Eclipse
  • Alice Bishop of Hawthorn VIC, Clearing
  • Cally Black of Oakleigh VIC, Over-Shadowed
  • Susan Bennett of Warragul VIC, Tidy Town
  • Susan Bennett of Warragul VIC, Night Shift
  • Jenni Mazaraki of Greensborough VIC, The Phone Call
  • Pippa Kay of Sydney NSW, In the Shadows
  • Anne Brinsden of Yarraville VIC, Amber Shadow

Short Story Judge

Our judge this year is award-winning author Bruce Pascoe who will select the winning stories from the shortlist. For 16 years Bruce published and edited Australian Short Stories magazine from 1982-1999. In 1999 he received the Fellowship of Australian Writers Literature Award. His own short stories, published in the collection Nightjar, have received national and international acclaim. More recently Pascoe won the Prime Minister’s Award for Young Adult Literature in 2013 and the NSW Premier’s Book of the Year in 2016.

Competition Details

  • Theme: Shadow
  • Word limit: 3,000
  • Entry fee: $10
  • First prize: $1,000
  • Closing date: 5pm, Wednesday 26 July
  • Further details in the conditions of entry

Read the winning stories in past competitions here