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2013 winner y separately published work icon Salvage Jason Nahrung , Yokine : Twelfth Planet Press , 2012 Z1879595 2012 single work novella horror 'Seeking to salvage their foundering marriage, Melanie and Richard retreat to an isolated beach house on a remote Queensland island. Intrigued by a chance encounter with a stranger, Melanie begins to drift away from her husband and towards Helena, only to discover that Helena has her own demons, ageless and steeped in blood. As Richard's world and Helena's collide, Melanie must choose which future she wants, before the dark tide pulls her under ... forever.' (Publisher's blurb)
2012 winner y separately published work icon The Last Days of Kali Yuga Paul Haines , Woodvale : Brimstone Press , 2010 Z1754823 2010 selected work short story horror

'These are the last days ...

'Travel the blood-stained trails of Kathmandu.

'Explore doorways to other worlds.

'Fight for humanity’s darkening soul.

'... when the powers of the Gods wane and evil walks the Earth.

'The Last Days of Kali Yuga is urban fantasy at its darkest. You won’t find traditional vampires or werewolves in Paul Haines’s stories. Instead, you will stare deep into the heart of the cruelest monster of all: man.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2011 winner y separately published work icon Madigan Mine Kirstyn McDermott , Sydney : Picador , 2010 Z1705400 2010 single work novel horror

'Alex doesn't know what he wants to do, how to connect with people or what's good for him. He drifts his way through dead-end jobs and fumbled relationships, unable to find a way out of the rut his life has become. Then he runs into Madigan Sargood and everything changes.

'A ray of light shining from an almost-forgotten past, Madigan is beautiful and impulsive, enigmatic and passionate beyond measure. This is what it means to live, Alex realises, and to love. Never mind that she can be somewhat possessive. Never mind that his best friend thinks there's something wrong with her, something dangerous even. Never mind that the creepy band of misfits she attracts have all but taken over his home. Madigan fills Alex's life with significance; he will put up with anything to be with her.

'Until, without any warning, she kills herself.

'Now Alex can't seem to get her out of his head, and his world - along with his sanity - begins to disintegrate. Black outs and missing time, conversations he can't recall, people he can't remember. Is this the product of a diseased and lovesick mind, or can Madigan really be trying to communicate with him?

'When the past threatens to obliterate the future, Alex is forced to take action. To save himself and those he loves, he must discover the sinister reason why Madigan took her own life - and why she won't lie still in her grave.' (From the publisher's website.)

2010 winner y separately published work icon Slice of Life Paul Haines , Geoffrey Maloney (editor), Australia : The Mayne Press , 2009 Z1661042 2009 selected work short story horror