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Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2020

winner Catherine Padmore for 'Work Experience'.

Year: 2018

winner With Or Without Us Hayley Gabrielle , 2018 single work short story
— Appears in: Literary Nillumbik: Ekphrasis Anthology of Writing 2018 2018; (p. 12-19)

Year: 2017

winner Miriam and Mildred Karen Andrews , 2017 single work short story
— Appears in: Literary Nillumbik Anthology of Writing 2017 2017; (p. 12-15)

Year: 2016

winner Earth Orbit Michelle Wright , 2016 single work short story
— Appears in: Literary Nillumbik Anthology of Writing 2016 2016; (p. 14-19)

'This is a hugely heart-warming love letter from an adult to their mother – rich both in tone and theme. Earth Orbit is a story that creeps up on you. In the opening paragraphs, the imagery is deceptively naïve and the child’s voice almost cloying, but what we come quickly to appreciate is that the spaceship we have entered is in fact a Datsun 120Y the child’s homeless mother has decorated with blue cellophane, pricked through with starry holes, in an act of maternal love and protection that borders on the heroic. 

'The redemptive power of story and the imagination underpins this moving narrative, as ongoing hardship is reshaped and so endured, the importance of what is real or not becoming less crucial than the fierce, joyful love between a mother and child.' (6)

Year: 2014

winner Keren Heenan for To Swim the Purple Sea
winner Michelle Wright for Precautions
winner Michelle Wright for Paper Boy
winner Snake Frances Olive , 2015 single work short story
— Appears in: Award Winning Australian Writing 2015 2015; (p. 51-57)
winner To Swim the Purple Sea Keren Heenan , 2015 single work short story
— Appears in: Award Winning Australian Writing 2015 2015; (p. 253-260)
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