Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing

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The winners of the 2022 Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing have been revealed.

Authors, poets, their friends and family gathered at the Diamond Valley Library on Saturday 28 May for the announcement of the prestigious prize.

The prize is awarded every two years and builds on the Shire’s strong tradition of supporting contemporary Australian writing.

This year, we received a record-breaking 500 entries from across the country - for both the traditional Fiction / Alan Marshall Short Story Award category and the rotating category, which this year is Poetry, in the Local, Youth and Open sections.

Entries ranged from Haiku to genre-bending science fiction, intimate reflections on human relationships, as well as social and environmentally inspired themes all splendidly narrated in both poetic and fictional forms.

The works were judged by Tim Richards and Bec Kavanah for the Alan Marshall Short Story Prize and Cassandra Atherton and Paul Hetherington for the Poetry Prize.

Congratulations to all the winners, and to everyone who participated.

Nillumbik Prize Contemporary Writing 2022 – Fiction / Alan Marshall Short Story Award

Nillumbik Prize Contemporary Writing 2022 - Fiction: Local
Goodbye Stranger               Anastasia Warmuth

Nillumbik Prize Contemporary Writing 2022 – Fiction: Youth
The Kindergarten Train       Eve Ballard

Nillumbik Prize Contemporary Writing 2022 / Alan Marshall Short Story Award:  Open
The Nightingale                    Meredith Tucker

 

Nillumbik Prize Contemporary Writing – Poetry

Poetry Award: Local
First Taste                 Karen Andrews

Poetry Award: Youth
Dog Brodie                Willem van Hasselt

Poetry Award: Open
Fledgling Affair         Susanne Kennedy

 

Mayoral Award
One small step         Michelle Wright

 

Judges Award (Highly Commended) – Alan Marshall Short Story Award
Balladonia                 Claire Aman

Judges Award (Highly Commended) – Poetry
Opening Our Time Capsules         Alicia Sometimes
Colour                                            Is Hay

All the winning works have been published in the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing Anthology.


Read it here(PDF, 531KB) or borrow from the Yarra Plenty Regional Library.

Watch readings of the winner works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch the livestream of the event.

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