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2018 Winners

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.

Traditional Verse

1st Prize

Jack, My Friend
Shelley Hansen

"Remember," said my sister Jan, "the boys who lived next door —
our ginger headed playmates — Jack and Jed?"

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2nd Prize

Two Families Who Never Met
Robyn Sykes

The siren screams curses, my lungs gasp for air
my wife has been struck by a truck.

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3rd Prize

Too Ancient to Bleed
Brenda-Joy Pritchard

Ghost of a 'Coo-ee' one hundred years on,
wandering spectre of ages long gone,

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Shire Resident's Prize

The Last Wave
Ann O'Connor

The sea rolled in with force and power
Along the rugged shore.

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Highly Commended

Free Verse

1st Prize

Nothing Much Here
Penny Lane

Nothing much here but dirt, grey grass stubble
and gravelly stones to kick; nothing much to do

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2nd Prize

How to Write a Waterfall
Penny Lane

Hesitate over a rocky beginning, a
precipice of intention, then shape

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3rd Prize

Spirits of the Land
John Minnery

When a salesman extols the spread bush vista
but hides the risks he knows it hides;

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Shire Resident's Prize

Ancient
Tee Linden

she wakes from an eon of dirt slumber
the everywhere temple is shrouded in blue eucalyptus fog

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Highly Commended

Short Stories

1st Prize

The Escapist
Alexander Tobal

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.

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2nd Prize

The Jam Tin
Mark Scott

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.

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3rd Prize

Soles
Carla Fitzgerald

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.

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Shire Resident's Prize

Shazza's Sheep
Tee Linden

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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Highly Commended

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