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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.
The Award is presented in partnership between Nillumbik Shire Council and Yarra Plenty Regional Library.
2013 Alan Marshall Short Story Award
The 2013 Alan Marshall Short Award is open to writers nationally from Friday 1 March until 17 May.
The three categories in the Award are:
• Open Section First Prize $3000: for stories up to 2500 words by writers who reside in Australia
• Local Writers Prize $2000: for a story up to 2500 words by a writer who lives, works or studies in the Shire of Nillumbik
• Young Writers Prize $400: for a story up to 1000 words by a writer aged between 15 and 19 years who resides in Australia
This year's judge is Arnold Zable, an award-winning writer, novelist, storyteller, and human rights advocate. His most recent book, Violin Lessons, was published in August, 2011. He is the author of numerous stories, columns, features and essays, and works for theatre. His novel Cafe Scheherazade was adapted for stage and performed at Forty-five Downstairs in 2011. Arnold has conducted writing workshops throughout Australia, and worked with refugees, immigrants, the homeless, the profoundly deaf, Black Saturday bushfire survivors, problem gamblers and other groups using story as a means of self-understanding and healing. He is president of the Melbourne Centre of International PEN, and has a doctorate in Creative Arts from the University of Melbourne where he was recently appointed a Vice-Chancellor's fellow.
Download the Alan Marshall Short Story Award Entry Form
Entry costs $16 (free for youth). Payments can be made online http://trybooking.com/CLMC and a copy of the receipt attached to the entry form.
Need further info? Call 9433 3359.
2012 Alan Marshall Short Story Award ceremony
The 2012 Alan Marshall Short Story Award winners were announced at a ceremony on Saturday 18 August at 5pm at the Eltham Library Community Gallery. Over 60 people attended to hear the Judge's Report read by 2012 judge Louise Swinn, Editorial Director of Sleepers Publishing. Download the Judge's Report. (0.14MB) The selected stories were read by local actors Dennis Coard and Debra Lawrance to an appreciative audience.
2012 winning entries
- Open First Prize: The Funeral Game by Pam Baker
- Open Second Prize: Froth and Bubble by Lawrence McMahon
- Local Writers Prize: All the Time in the World by Keren Heenan
- Young Writers Prize: Biennial by Leticia Parish
- Judge's Commendations: His Father's Son by Carmel Lillis, Home Making by Eleanor Garran, Breathless by SJ Finn
Left to right: Nillumbik Shire Council Councillor Michael Young, Louise Swinn (judge), Pam Baker, Carmel Lillis, Keren Heenan, Eleanor Garran, Lawrence McMahon, Leticia Parish.
Related publications for sale
Illuminations: The Alan Marshall Short Story Awards 2003-2010
Edited by Rachel Hennessy, published by Nillumbik Shire Council, 2011.
Write On: ...further winners from the Alan Marshall Short Story Award 1996-2002
Edited by Peter Dougherty, published by Nillumbik Shire Council, 2003.
These publications contain stories from the Awards, as well as comments and quotes from the judges. They can be purchased from Nillumbik Shire Council for $10 for two books (one copy of each publication while stocks last)
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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 in length.
2013 Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award
After the outstanding success of 2012 inaugural Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award, poets across Australia are again invited to participate in this unique competition.
The 2013 Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award will explore “rhizomata”, the four elements of earth, water, air and fire, as defined by the 5th century BC Greek philosopher and poet, Empedocles.
The Earth plus… rhizomata exhibition will be on show in the Civic Space in the Civic Centre, Civic Drive, Greensborough, with an official launch on Friday 8 March at 6pm.
The award will be judged by Helen Lucas, Fee Sievers and Steve Smart.
- First prize: $500
- Second prize: $300
- Third prize: $200
- Youth prize: $150 (12-18 years old)
Twelve poems will be selected to be printed on a series of postcards with the corresponding artwork.
Download the Ekphrasis Entry Form (0.16MB)
Payments can be made online http://trybooking.com/CLMB and a copy of the receipt attached to the entry form
2012 Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award
See the winning entries here.
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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 Nillumbik Prize is presented by Nillumbik Shire Council in association with Montsalvat.
2013 Nillumbik Prize
- First Prize: $5000 (non-acquisitive)
- Commendation (x2): $500
- People’s Choice: $500
Entry forms will be available from Monday 25 February from the Monstalvat website.
Entries close 5pm, Friday 19 April.
The exhibition of selected entries will be in the Barn Gallery of Montsalvat from Thursday 13 June to Sunday 11 August.
2012 Nillumbik Prize
The winner of the 2012 Nillumbik Prize was Eolo Paul Bottaro for Floating Time (pictured below).
Two commendations were also made: Dena Ashbolt, So when do you throw the flowers out? and Camilla Tadich, Supermarket, Pheasant Creek.
Eolo Paul Bottaro
oil & egg tempera on linen
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