2017 Competition Results

Congratulations to all the KSP competition winners for 2017, and thank you to all those who entered. We received a high number of entries again this year, so the competition was fierce. Big thanks to Bendigo Bank Mundaring, Shire of Mundaring, Tabetha Beggs of Little Black Dress Productions, and Flora Smith for sponsoring these awards.

 

HUGO THROSSELL CITIZENSHIP AWARD 2017 (Shire of Mundaring)

Winner: Matthew Day from Sawyers Valley Primary School

Runner-Up: Xavier Wright from Helena College

GHOST STORY AWARDS 2017 (WA only)

Judge: Carolyn Wren

Multi award winning author of Romantic Suspense, Paranormal, and Urban Fantasy, Carolyn is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia, the Australian  Society of Authors, the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition (EPIC), the Romance Writers of New Zealand, and KSP Writers' Centre. Carolyn is currently under contract with Serenity Press.

READ JUDGES' REPORT BY CAROLYN WREN

OPEN SECTION

Winner: Scott-Patrick Mitchell, 'Moan Alone'
2nd Place: Suzannah Churchman, 'Left Alone'

Honorable Mentions
'Flicker' by Tim Scanlon
'Happy Valley' by Ian Nichols​

YOUTH SECTION

Winner: 'Bones' by Louisa Gardner (age 18)​
2nd Place: 'Death in a Lake' by Haoqian Cui (age 12)

Honorable Mention
'Soul' by Grace Bettison (age 17)

KSP POETRY AWARDS 2017 (National)

Judge: John Kinsella

Australian John Kinsella has written over 20 books of poetry, as well as plays and fiction; he also maintains an active literary career as a teacher and editor. Kinsella’s poetry is both experimental and pastoral, featuring the landscape of Western Australia. Paul Kane observed in World Literature Today, “In Kinsella’s poetry these are lands marked by isolation and mundane violence and by a terrible transcendent beauty.” His The New Arcadia (2007) is a book-length exploration of Western Australia’s timeless and timeworn landscape; the book is informed by the history of the country and the anti-bucolic. Kinsella’s recent books of poetry include Firebreaks (2016) and Drowning in Wheat: Selected Poems (2016).

READ JUDGES' REPORT BY JOHN KINSELLA

 

OPEN SECTION

First Place: ‘figue’ by Kevin Gillam, WA

Second Place: ‘at the end of the road is country’ by Scott-Patrick Mitchell, WA

 Joint Second Place: ‘First Blood: A Sestina’ by Natalie D-Napoleon, USA

Special Commendation

'deus ex machina’ by Kathleen Dzubiel, WA

Commended
‘Transnational’ by Josephine Clarke, WA
‘Wild Ducks’ by Julie Watts, WA
'Moth Words’ by Kevin Gillam, WA
‘The First Drug’ by Natalie D-Napoleon, USA

Annette Cameron Encouragement Award for an Unpublished WA Poet

First: ‘Attempts at containment’ by Helen Thurloe

Commended: ‘Bindings’ by Katie Mills and ‘Domestic lepidoptery’ by Helen Thurloe

YOUTH SECTION

First Place: 'Otello Cabaletta’ by Yanika O'Brien, WA

Second Place: ‘Fire Ecology’ by Connor Brown, WA

 Joint Second Place: ‘The Smoky Lens’ by Liam Howe, WA

Commended 

‘8/10’ by Kate Benjamin, VIC
‘Yatting the Crumming’ by Hugo Borbilas, NSW 

Bendigo Bank Encouragement Award for Under 14s: ‘Not yet’ by Damya Wijesekera, NSW

Highly Commended: ‘La Primavera’ by Natasha Nguyen, NSW 

 

KSP MEMOIR AWARDS 2017 (National)

Judge: Rachel Robertson

Dr Rachel Robertson is a writer and senior lecturer at Curtin University. Her memoir, Reaching One Thousand, was shortlisted for the National Biography Award 2013 and she was winner of the Australian Book Review Calibre Award for Outstanding Essay in 2008. She is the co-editor of Purple Prose, a collection of women’s non-fiction inspired by the colour purple, and her works of memoir and personal essay have been published in Australian and international journals and anthologies. She is currently working on a collection of autobiographical lyric essays.

READ JUDGES' REPORT BY RACHEL ROBERTSON

OPEN SECTION

First Place: The Visit by A.R. Levett, WA

Second Place: Going Home by K.W. George, QLD

Highly Commended

Scars by Ashleigh Hardcastle, WA
On Island by Rachelle Rechichi, WA
Into the Heat by Catherine Johnstone, VIC

 

YOUTH SECTION

First Place: A Day in Starvation Bay by Grace Bettison, WA

Highly Commended 

A Day in Walpole by Shannon Hussey, WA
A Day in Boranup Forest by Courtney Minto, WA
A Day in Subiaco by Jasmin Pradhan, WA

 

 

KSP SHORT FICTION AWARDS 2017 (National)

Judge: by Rashida Murphy

Rashida Murphy lives on the west coast of Australia, in its capital city, Perth. She has a PhD in Writing from Edith Cowan University, is the books editor at Cafe Dissensus, Adjunct Lecturer at ECU, and former editor for Westerly. Her debut novel, The Historian’s Daughter, was shortlisted in the 2015 Dundee International Book Prize and published by UWA Publishing in 2016. She has won awards for short fiction and her prose and poetry has been published in Marginata, Westerly, Southern Crossings and Cafe Dissensus as well as anthologies such as We Will Be Shelter and Australian Stories. 

READ JUDGES' REPORT BY RASHIDA MURPHY

 

OPEN SECTION

First Place: 'Daniel, You’re a Star' by Melanie Hall, WA

Second Place: 'The Dumbo Effect' by Suzannah Churchman, WA

Commended

Monologue Woman by Brenda Downing, WA

The Birdwatcher by Christine Johnson, NSW
Rain by Rosemary Allan, QLD
My mother has a Friend whose Sister was a Bunnygirl by Kathy Prokhovnik, NSW
Gelato by Deb Wain, VIC

 

YOUTH SECTION

First Place: ‘Wind' by Jae Brieffies, WA
Second Place: 'Lauren Belongs' by Jasmin Pradhan, WA

Commended

I’m not Scared by Grace Bettison, WA
Mum by Lara Mathew, WA
The Journey Home by Janice Tan, WA

Mundaring National Young Writers Encouragement Awards for under 14s:

Speechless by Kylie Delanoy, VIC

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