The 2019-2020 Sutherland Shire Literary competition aims to promote the diverse cultural heritage of the Sutherland Shire whilst contributing to the rich tradition of literary practice in Australia.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Sutherland Shire Literary Competition. The winners were announced at an awards presentation on Tuesday, 21 August 2018 at Hazelhurst Arts Centre. Read the winning entries below.
"Remember," said my sister Jan, "the boys who lived next door —
our ginger headed playmates — Jack and Jed?"
The siren screams curses, my lungs gasp for air
my wife has been struck by a truck.
Ghost of a 'Coo-ee' one hundred years on,
wandering spectre of ages long gone,
The sea rolled in with force and power
Along the rugged shore.
Nothing much here but dirt, grey grass stubble
and gravelly stones to kick; nothing much to do
Hesitate over a rocky beginning, a
precipice of intention, then shape
When a salesman extols the spread bush vista
but hides the risks he knows it hides;
she wakes from an eon of dirt slumber
the everywhere temple is shrouded in blue eucalyptus fog
Farewells were never difficult for Sanjeev. As with most of the pivotal moments throughout his recent years, he'd come to see them as theatrics upon a stage.
We spent March rotating through the front and support lines, about five days at a time. Just now we're in a support trench, a mile or so from the firing line.
48 feet, 12 hours, one Octopus. It was easier if you broke it down like that. I breathed on, deep breath of fresh air before entering Miranda Fair.
She wakes in a sweaty puddle on the couch. Though her nightmares come less often lately, when they arrive, they are brutal and unforgiving.
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