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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.

2015 winner

Jessie IMAM
Diagram of Sentiment
inkjet photo print, mounted on acrylic
edition of 5 + 1AP
61cm x 91cm

Commendations were awarded to

  • Jodi Wiley for Afternoon Light
  • Jole di Florio for A Buck in Arthurs Creek 2


Alan Marshall Short Story Award 2015 - 30th Anniversary

The Alan Marshall Short Story Award (AMSSA), founded in 1985, is presented by Nillumbik Shire Council in partnership with Yarra Plenty Regional Library. 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of this annual competition, 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 almost 20 years.

2015 Winners

The 2015 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 attend a two-day writers’ masterclass facilitated by the award’s judge, international award winning author Archimede Fusillo.

Archimede Fusillo is a former winner and judge of the Alan Marshall Short Story Award. A versatile and prolific writer he has written eight novels and won numerous awards including the International Globo Tricolore Literature Award (Italy). Now in its 30th year, the AMSSA received over 330 entries from across Australia.

Read Archimede Fusillo’s Judges Report (0.24MB)

Open Section First Prize: Margaret Betts for ‘Clay Feet’ (0.17MB)

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 both books. For further information, contact Arts and Culture on 9433 3359 or artsinfo@nillumbik.vic.gov.au 


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 poems of any genre, up to 12 lines. Works from the collection were chosen in response to this year’s cultural arts theme Practice.

The winners of the Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award 2015 were announced at an award ceremony on 25 June 2015.

2015 Winners

Postcards featuring 2015 finalists and winners poems (0.73MB)


Poem: The Moment of the Melody by Damen O'Brien
Artwork: George Dreyfus Composer by Matcham Skipper, c.1987


Poem: Turner wouldn't have backgrounded the storm by Lyn Chatham
Artwork: Out to Sea by Rick Amor, 1993


Poem: Old Flo by Helen Bradwell
Artwork: Oh Henry by Stefan Szony c.1995

Youth (11-18 years old)

Poem: What-were by Emma Hartley
Artwork: Werewolf by Tess Edwards c.1997-2004 (from the series Indicia)

This award was judged by Helen Lucas, Steve Smart and Karen Throssell, read the judge's report (0.12MB) .


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