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Awards and Prizes

The Nillumbik Prize

The Nillumbik Prize is one of the oldest art shows in Victoria. The Prize celebrates artists and works from the Nillumbik region and recognises contemporary work of excellence in any medium. Entrants must demonstrate a connection with Nillumbik Shire as a local artist or through a Statement of Connection. The Prize is presented by Nillumbik Shire Council in association with Montsalvat.

2014 entry information


2013 Winners

Macgregor Knox for Sequoia Seat sequoia (wood, 120cm x 300cm x 150cm, pictured above). Commendations were awarded to Dale Cox for Ghost and Catrine Berlatier for Remnants.


The Alan Marshall Short Story Award

The Alan Marshall Short Story Award, founded in 1985, is presented by Nillumbik Shire Council in partnership with Yarra Plenty Regional Library. This annual competition is a prestigious event in the literary calendar.

Alan Marshall AM OBE HON LLD (1902-1984) is one of Australia's most famous authors. His most well-known books are I Can Jump Puddles and This is the Grass. In 1920, Alan started his first job as a junior clerk at the Eltham Shire Offices in Kangaroo Ground. He lived in Research in the 1940s, and moved to Eltham in 1955 where he lived for nearly 20 years.

2014 Alan Marshall Short Story Award


2013 Winners

The Award ceremony was held on Saturday 24 August at Eltham Library Community Gallery. Esteemed judge, Arnold Zable, had the difficult but enjoyable task of judging the Award from a field of 311 entries in the open section and 388 entries in total. The Award ceremony was a successful event, celebrating literary arts and community. Actors Dennis Coard and Debra Lawrance gave an inspiring reading of the winning stories. Jazz musicians, Radiola Honey, again set a musical ambience to the celebrations. Read Arnold Zable's judges report (0.33MB) .

Open Section First Prize $3000 Mark Smith for Flood 
Local Writers Prize $2000 Julia Twohig for Paradise 
Young Writers Prize $400 Cameron Croese for A Hard Girl

Publications for Sale

Illuminations: The Alan Marshall Short Story Awards 2003-2010. Edited by Rachel Hennessy, published by Nillumbik Shire Council, 2011.and
Write On: ...further winners from the Alan Marshall Short Story Award 1996-2002. Edited by Peter Dougherty, published by Nillumbik Shire Council, 2003.

These two publications contain stories from the Awards, and comments and quotes from the judges. They can be pubchased from Nillumbik Shire Council for $10 for the two books.
Further information 9433 3359 or email artsinfo@nillumbik.vic.gov.au 


The Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award

Ekphrasis is a genre of poetry that explores works of art and seeks to ‘gets inside’ its visual subject. The Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award is a celebration of the Nillumbik Art Collection and the literary arts. Poets are invited to respond to one or more artworks from the Nillumbik Art Collection with a poem in any genre, up to 12 lines.


2013 Winners

Read 2013 finalists and winning entries (1.05MB) . Poets were invited to explore the theme of “rhizomata”, the four elements of earth, water, air and fire, as defined by the 5th century BC Greek philosopher and poet, Empedocles. 

This award was judged by Helen Lucas, Fee Sievers and Steve Smart.

First prize $500

Poem: Sea-Steps by Helen Bradwell
Artwork: The Beach by Petra Reece, 2007

Second prize $300

Poem: What it is by Kristen Roberts
Artwork: 1-9-06 GMT 9am/strong northerly, gust/2-9-06 quiet night 23 hrs by Cameron Robbins, 2006

Third prize $200

Poem: The Artist's Muse by Karen Throsell
Artwork: The Domain by Rick Amor, 1993

Youth prize $150 (12-18 years old)

Poem: 1-9-06 GMT 9am/strong northerly, gusty/2-9-06 quiet night 23hrs by Hrishikesh Srinivas
Artwork: 1-9-06 GMT 9am/strong northerly, gust/2-9-06 quiet night 23 hrs by Cameron Robbins, 2006 

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