Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing

2024 Nillumbik Prize Contemporary Writing web graphic

The winners of the 2024 Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing have been revealed.

Writers, friends and family gathered at the Diamond Valley Library on Saturday 4 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 550 entries from around the country, across the various categories.

Entries covered a range of subject matter from family life, self-discovery, technology, coming of age, and social issues.

The works were judged by Eloise Grills and Eda Gunaydin for the Memoir Category, and Dan Hogan and Rijn Collins for the Short Story – Alan Marshall Short Story Award.

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

Short Story Category Award Recipients

Open Section Winner  (The Alan Marshall Short Story Award)     

Delila Bevan Zavadsky for Metallic

Local Section Winner         

Cara Spina for Our Body

Youth Section Winner        

S.D Munawara for Cars Only

Mayor’s Prize Winner         

Briony Kane for The Von Meck Mystery


Memoir Category Award Recipients

Open Section Winner         

Viv Cutbush for To Say the Least is to Say Nothing At All

Local Section Winner         

Lucinda Bain for The Butterfly Reserve

Youth Section Winner                 

Nadine Chantelle Salita for Triple Zero Saved Me


Highly Commended Writers

Short Story - Open Section Highly Commended

AE Macleod for Brilliant

Lauren Sanders for Minefield 

Short Story - Local Highly Commended

Peta Keown for Domestication

Lisa Kate Moule for Lessons in Rebellio

Short Story - Youth Highly Commended

Marissa Wilkinson for Slow and Sweet and Sticky

Munira Tabassum Ahmed for Water Resistance

Memoir - Open Highly Commended

Ouyang Yu for Memories of a Metaphorically Displaced Person

Lily Chan for Third Culture Kids

Memoir - Local Highly Commended

Ale Prunotto for The Spaces Between

Ainsley Grace for Becoming Jezebel

Memoir - Youth Highly Commended

Marshall Juno for Resting the Soul

Jamie Hayes for transprefixacrossthrough


Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing Anthology 2024(PDF, 468KB)

Nillumbik Prize Contemporary Writing Anthology 2022(PDF, 616KB)

Nillumbik Prize Contemporary Writing Anthology 2020(PDF, 1MB)

Literary Nillumbik Anthology of Writing 2018

Literary Nillumbik Anthology of Writing 2017

Literary Nillumbik Anthology of Writing 2016