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2020 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019-2020 Sutherland Shire Literary Competition. Read the winning entries below.

Traditional Verse

1st Prize

A Precious Chance
Shelley Hansen

From the outback to the city, swept a wave of grief and pity
when we heard the tragic news that yet another life was lost

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2nd Prize

Ghost Child
Brenda-Joy Pritchard

I was warm within the confines of the sharing of our lives
as the rhythm of our heartbeats intertwined

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3rd Prize

From Gallipoli With Love
Tom McIlveen

I am sending this and hoping Dad, that the girls don’t get to see
what is truly going on behind the scenes.

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Shire Resident's Prize

No Shire Resident's Prize Awarded

Highly Commended

Commended

Free Verse

1st Prize

Botany Bay
Penny Lane

It began
here in this commonplace

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2nd Prize

Still the Rain Kept Falling
Denise O’Hagan

I’ll not forget
The sombre shuffle in

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3rd Prize

East Coast Blues
Penny Lane

The sonorous bass
of ocean swell on sandy shore,

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Shire Resident's Prize

I Am Australia
Tiarne Szemenyei

I am land.
My spirit lies

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Highly Commended

Commended

Short Stories

1st Prize

Jeff and Jill
Rachel Flynn

When the doorbell rang that Friday evening, they were all sitting on the couch in front of the telly. Jeff was watching the soccer, Jill was reading Home Beautiful and Gracie was writing a letter on lined paper with a purple biro.

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2nd Prize

Motel
Beverly Lello

Erle’s taking off his boots and lining them up next to the chair on the verandah. Jan’s decided to tell him when he comes inside and washes his hands. Before he has a beer.

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3rd Prize

Bleeding
Anthea Fraser Gupta

For one week in four I couldn’t swim. Here we were, me and my best friend on the most beautiful beach ever.

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Shire Resident's Prize

The Bay
Kate Herring

Even though my little old weatherboard cottage is in suburban Sydney, it is extraordinarily quiet. My street is a cul de sac so there’s no through traffic, and downhill, past our place, it overhangs one of the bays that line the Georges River.

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Highly Commended

Commended

Themed Short Stories
2020: Looking Back, Moving Forward

1st Prize

29th April 1770
Leone McManus

The straining main and the topgallant mast sails, which had been driven by a south easterly wind, deflated like a balloon as the barque entered the shallow bay. The anchor was lowered about a half mile from the southern beach whilst every hand was on deck and awaited orders to go ashore.

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2nd Prize

old School
Claire Riley

Casuarina High School had settled into its Monday morning routine. In the front office, Maureen McGovern welcomed a familiar face. “Back again, Mr Mitchell?” she asked.

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3rd Prize

Clay
John Scholz

A tall young man in an open necked dirt stained twill shirt is digging a deep and narrow trench in the drying bottom of a small dam. All week he’s been digging post holes for the fence on Hill Paddock,

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Shire Resident's Prize

No Shire Resident's Prize Awarded

Highly Commended

Commended

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