Local storytellers awarded


Talented writers from across the Peninsula came together last night at Somerville Mechanics Hall for the Mayor Short Story Writing Awards ceremony. This year, we received a record breaking 200 entries for this popular literary award. Judges Garry Disher, Else Fitzgerald, Monica Dux, Sam-Ellen Bound and Coral Vass read their way through funny, suspenseful, heart-warming and moving creative fiction stories.

Together with the Peninsula Writers’ Club, we are excited to announce the winners:

18+ Years

Winner: Jodie Kewley, All There Is

Highly commended: Sean Kelly, The Good Boy

13 – 17 Years

Winner: Camryn S, The Garden of Lost Stories

Highly commended: Macy E-J, The Mysterious Disappearances of Wonga

Highly commended: Georgia H, Blooming

8 – 12 Years

Winner: Macy A-W, Feather

Highly commended: Aaron M, The Raccoon

Thank you to long-time sponsors of the Mayor’s Short Story Awards Antipodes Bookshop, Rosebud Book Barn, Farrell Bookshop and Petersen’s Bookstore for providing vouchers to all winners and highly commended writers.

In addition to receiving bookstore vouchers, Jodie Kewly won $1,000 and a two-week Police Point Artist Residency and Camryn Small and Macy Allen-Wallace each won $500.

Read the winning stories at mornpen.vic.gov.au/writingawards

Quote attributable to Mayor Councillor Steve Holland:

“Council is proud to showcase and acknowledge Peninsula storytellers. Thank you to all who submitted their stories! Now in its third year, the Award is more popular than ever.

“I’d also like to personally thank the prize sponsors and the judges. We are so grateful for your support and time!”

Photo: Mayor Cr Holland with Camryn, winner of the 13 – 17 years category.

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