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2017 winner y separately published work icon Where Words Once Were Finegan Kruckemeyer , 2016 11415187 2016 single work drama fantasy children's

'Young Orhan lives in a world where words are both very precious and very dangerous. Only 1,000 of them can exist: new ones are forbidden, and anything newly invented takes the place of an existing word, which is then illegal to say. Those who disobey the rules are punished in the strongest way possible. They lose their right to speak and to be spoken of; they become only "…" – a condition that causes them to slowly fade away. When Orhan accidentally takes a pen (a mighty weapon indeed!) from school, he sets in motion an adventure to reclaim lost words.'

Source: Kennedy Center (

2016 joint winner y separately published work icon The Red Balloon Hilary Bell , 2015 10275000 2015 single work drama children's

'On his way to school, a young boy finds a red balloon tangled around a lamp post. Soon after rescuing it, the boy discovers the balloon has a mind of its own! Together, the boy and his balloon wander the streets, exploring the neighbourhood and searching for adventure.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2016 joint winner y separately published work icon Reasons to Stay Inside Katy Warner , 2015 10274861 2015 single work drama children's

'Pedro and Flora. Flora and Pedro. Best Friends. Until one day he stops going outside and starts building a gigantic pillow fort.

'Pedro has the best reasons to stay inside but Flora knows what he’s missing and will do whatever it takes to get her best friend back.

'You can’t stay inside your fort forever, can you?

'A show about irritating best friends, pillow forts, dancing pegacorns and that weird anxious feeling.'

Source: The Blue Room Theatre.

2015 winner Marlin Damien Millar , 2014 single work drama

'When a fisherman and his granddaughter head out on a fishing trip, their journey becomes a life and death adventure that neither of them had anticipated. Marlin is inspired by classic seafaring literature, and is set in the game fishing regions off Northern Queensland. Played in a sea of foam, Marlin explores the special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, and asks what it really means to win.' (Production summary)

2014 joint winner y separately published work icon The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You Finegan Kruckemeyer , 2014 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2015 6390461 2014 single work drama

'It started around the time he turned 16. Everyone and everything started grating on Connor’s nerves. His mum, his dad, his teachers, even his best mate. Lately he just can’t help picking fights, slamming doors and flipping desks. Then his parents decide to dump him alone in a forest for a week.

'As unpredictable as Connor himself, 'The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You' tackles the ticking time bomb of teenagerdom. Behind its sly and smart-arsed exterior is a searching exploration of adolescent anger, bound to strike a dissonant chord with anyone who’s ever caught a whiff of teen spirit.' (Source: Griffin Theatre Company website.)

2014 joint winner y separately published work icon Storm Boy Tom Holloway , 2013 2013 6198235 2013 single work drama

'Young Storm Boy lives a simple yet free life on the coastal wilds of the South Australian Coorong, combing the beaches with his reclusive father, Hideaway Tom.

'During a long summer, he makes two friends who will shepherd him from childhood into adulthood: the jester Fingerbone Bill, who teaches him about his country; and Mr Percival, an orphaned pelican who prepares Storm Boy for the wider world with a poignant lesson about love, loss and letting go.'

Source: Queensland Theatre Company.

2011 winner Moth Declan Greene , 2010 single work drama

'Sebastian is a terminally unpopular fifteen-year-old suburban kid, with an overactive imagination and an obsession with anime and death. His only friend, Claryssa, is an emo Wiccan art-freak barely one rung higher than Sebastian on the social ladder. What starts as just another night drinking down at the cricket nets soon gives way to an ecstatic vision that leaves Sebastian unconscious, their friendship left in ruin. The next morning, he wakes up with a mysterious moth in a jar by his bed, and a calling to save the souls of all humankind. And so begins the Passion of Sebastian ...'

Source: Malthouse Theatre website, (sighted 10/05/2010)

2008 winner y separately published work icon Stories in the Dark Debra Oswald , 2007 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2008 Z1373018 2007 single work drama young adult

'A terrified 12-year-old boy finds himself separated from his family in the unfamiliar streets of a war torn city. Dodging sniper fire and mortar shells he takes refuge in a bombed-out house and in the total blackness his bravado crumbles into tears.

'Into his life steps Anna - older, street smart and scornful of his crying. As a way of shutting the boy up, she starts to tell him a story that she vaguely remembers from her own childhood. And so begins a journey into the shifting, shimmering world of ogres, princes, singing bones, foolish lads and wolf-mothers.'

Source: Riverside Parramatta website,
Sighted: 10/04/2007

2007 winner y separately published work icon Hoods Angela Betzien , 2006 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2007 Z1372249 2006 single work drama young adult (taught in 4 units)

'Each night two hoods ride a train to a wrecking yard on the outskirts of the city. Here, in this cemetery of stories, they are storytellers with the power to fast forward, pause and rewind. Tonight, they tell the story of three kids left in a car. Rewind. It's Friday, KFC night and the last day of school before Christmas. Kyle, Jessie and baby brother Troy are waiting in the car for their mum. As night approaches the car park takes on a dark and sinister aspect filled with strange and familiar characters. The shopping centre closes, Mum still hasn't returned and the baby won't stop crying. Exploring issues of poverty and family violence, Hoods is a suburban tale of survival and solidarity against the odds.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2006 winner y separately published work icon Boy Overboard : The Play Patricia Cornelius , 2005 Hobart : Australian Script Centre , 2006 Z1205126 2005 single work drama children's (taught in 2 units) Play about asylum seekers coming to Australia. Jamal and Bibi have a dream. To lead Australia to soccer glory in the next World Cup. But first they must face landmines, pirates, storms and assassins. Can Jamal and his family survive their incredible journey and get to Australia?
Source: Libraries Australia
2005 winner Original The Dead Zone Kate Rice , 2004 single work drama young adult
2003 winner The Bridge Christopher Thompson , 2002 single work drama
2002 winner Original I Said a Word Stephen House , 2001 single work drama
2001 winner Postcards from Nanna Andrea Lemon , Andrea Rieniets , 2000 single work drama young adult
2001 winner Adaptation Grandma's Shoes Libby Hathorn , Grahame Koehne (composer), 2000 single work musical theatre children's
1999 winner Original Toxic Maryanne Lynch , 1998 single work drama
— Appears in: Toxic [and] Chutney 2001; (p. 31-61) The Australian Play Bundle # 1 2013;
1998 winner Original y separately published work icon Body and Soul : A Musical Play Richard Tulloch , Saxon Francis (composer), 1997 Sydney : Currency Press , 1998 Z860531 1997 single work musical theatre young adult humour A group of exceptional young athletes from all over the country have been selected for training at Challenge Camp Australia. Who will make the final cut to win a scholarship to the Australian Sport Academy and maybe a shot at Olympic gold in Sydney in 2000? All have shown potential in their various sports, but now their physical and mental capacities are to be tested to the limit. Stakes are high, competition is fierce and relationships are tested as tensions surface within the group. Tthe tasks set by their eccentric coach, Rasputin, are becoming increasingly bizarre.
1996 winner Galax-Arena Gillian Rubinstein , 1995 single work drama young adult science fiction