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Awards and Prizes

The Nillumbik Prize

The Nillumbik Prize celebrates artists and works from the Nillumbik region and recognises contemporary works 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 Winner

Sanctuary  2014
photogravure on hahnemuhle paper
80cm x 115cm overall (pictured above) 

Commendations were awarded to:
Penelope AITKIN for her painting Cotyledon Nightlife and Tracey LAMB for her sculpture Door Half Open


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 Winners

The 2014 Alan Marshall Short Story Award was specifically designed to provide writers with professional development in addition to cash prizes. The winners share a cash prize pool of $5,000 and a two-day writers’ masterclass facilitated by the Award’s judge, internationally published author, Toni Jordan. Now in its 29th year, over 260 entries were received from across Australia.

To read Toni Jordan’s judge’s report (0.18MB)

Open Section First Prize: Michelle Wright, $2,000 for Last Man Standing (0.26MB)

Local Writers Prize: Michelle Wright, $500 for Precautions (0.34MB)

Local Writers Prize: Michelle Wright, $500 for Paper Boy (0.27MB)

Local Writers Prize: Frances Olive, $500 for Snake (0.15MB)

Local Writers Prize: Keren Heenan, $500 for To Swim the Purple Sea (0.27MB)

Open Highly Commended: Joseph Rubbo for Fly In, Fly Out

Local Highly Commended: Lawrence Barker for Waiting (0.24MB)

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 purchased 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 ‘get 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 Shire Art Collection with a poem in any genre, up to 12 lines. Works from the Collection were chosen in response to this year’s cultural arts theme Word on the Street, Ear to the Ground.

2014 Winners

2014 Nillumbik Ekphrasis finalists and winning entries (0.65MB)

This award was judged by Helen Lucas, Fee Sievers and Steve Smart. Read the Judges report (0.29MB)

First prize $500

Poem: Lost Sea Voices by Felicity Plunkett
Artwork: Imagine Being the Sea by Chris MARKS, 2007

Second prize $300

Poem: Softly Now by Kitty Owens
Artwork: War and Peace by Rosalie COGAN, 1987

Third prize $200

Poem: True Love is never having to say – “Art – Politics” by Hazel Hall
Artwork: True Love is never having to say – “Art – Politics” by Tom SANDERS, 1980

Youth prize $150 (12-18 years old)

Poem: when you are close, i am disappeared by Lara Robertson
Artwork: Imagine Being the Sea by Chris MARKS, 2007

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