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Short Fiction and Poetry Awards

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Short Fiction and Poetry Awards

Entries for the City of Rockingham Short Fiction and Poetry Awards 2020 closed on Friday 23 October.

The theme for the this year's awards was ‘Connection’.

The awards were open to all Western Australian residents, and writers in the following categories:

  • New Writer
  • Over 50s Writer 
  • Word. (Youth category)

All entries were considered for the Serenity Press Open Award and local residents who entered were automatically included for the Local Resident Award.

As part of the Short Fiction and Poetry Awards, young writers aged 12–18 were invited to enter the City’s Youth Writing Category, Word. Word. was open to young writers who could pursue a wider range of writing styles including short fiction, poetry, lyrics, opinion pieces or other forms of written expression. They still needed to explore the theme of ‘connection’ in their writing, and were still eligible for the Serenity Press Open Award and Local Resident Award, if applicable.

Awards and winners

Congratulations to all our award winners and those who received a high commendation. Congratulations also to everyone who entered.

AwardWinnersPrize
Serenity Press Open Award Bees by Joy Killian-Essert 

A one-on-one session with the Serenity Press publishing team to guide an author on their publishing journey, as well as a lifetime membership to the Everything Publishing Academy. Prize provided by Serenity Press.

A $500 cash component from the City of Rockingham and story or poem to be published in the City’s anthology. 

Emerging Writer AwardRemnants by Perri Polson and Leaving by Avril Mulligan

A one-on-one mentorship with an Underground Writer Senior Editor as well as the opportunity to publish a short story or poem in a relevant issue of Underground, Underground Writers online magazine. Prize provided by Underground Writers.

A $200 cash component from the City of Rockingham and story or poem to be published in the City’s anthology. 

Local Resident Award The Last Day by Jackson Payne

A one-on-one session with the Principal Publisher of Hague Publishing as well as a $100 cash component provided by Hague Publishing.

A $200 cash component from the City of Rockingham and story or poem to be published in the City’s anthology.

Over 50s Award Apricots by Jan Napier

An annual membership to the Everything Publishing Academy.

A $200 cash component from the City of Rockingham and story or poem to be published in the City’s anthology. 

Word. Youth Competition The Lamington Incident by Eva Mustapic

A logo design package and a social media consult with the team from Ignite Perth.

A $200 cash component from the City of Rockingham and written work to be published in the City’s anthology. 

Highly commended

Award categoryAuthor
Serenity Press Open AwardA Stich in Time by Shannon Meyerkort 
Serenity Press Open AwardLove and a Small Town by Franchesca Walker
Word. Youth CompetitionThread of Connection by Kylie Woon
Over 50s AwardThe Mushroom Hunter by Michael Rynne
Over 50s AwardBad Bet by Chris Raich
Emerging Writer AwardThe Left Hand of Eleanor Dutton by David Harris
Emerging Writer AwardThe Shore by Karen Campbell
Local Resident AwardRemnants by Perri Polson
Local Resident AwardConnection by Davina Edwards

Anthology

The City of Rockingham will publish an anthology of short stories and poems to showcase the local writing talent. Included in the anthology will be:

  • Winners of each category of the Short Fiction and Poetry Awards, including the Word. Youth Competition;
  • Highly commended entries from the Short Fiction and Poetry Awards; and
  • A selection of stand-out pieces of work from the Writers Mentorship Program.

Sponsors

Serenity Press logo   Hague Publishing logo          Logo for Underground Writers

Proudly supported by Serenity PressHague Publishing and Underground Writers

Thank you to Serenity Press for being the major sponsor of the Short Fiction and Poetry Awards 2020. Serenity Press is a heart-centred publisher of beautiful books by authors including Sarah, Duchess of York, Kate Forsyth, Juliet Marillier, Sophie Masson, Teena Raffa-Mulligan, Monique Mulligan, Karen Weaver and many more.

Priding themselves in sharing books that will be around for many years; they are forever growing and passionate about the power of story. Their Folklore and Children's book list are where their future growth will be. 

Serenity Press was founded in 2014 by Karen McDermott and has consistently grown since.

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