2020/21 Competition Results
Congratulations to all of KSP's annual competition winners, and thank you to all those who entered. Big thanks to the Shire of Mundaring, Tabetha Rogers-Beggs of Little Black Dress Productions, and Flora Smith for sponsoring these awards.
SPOOKY STORY AWARDS 2021
Judge: Carolyn Wren
Carolyn is a Perth hills author of Romance and Suspense novels, who spent most of her working life in the mining industry. When a story popped into her brain, she began writing in 2009 and entered a few contests, just for fun. Much to her surprise, she won the Australian based Emerald Award for unpublished manuscripts, and one week later received a commendation from the International Daphne Du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. This gave her the incentive to keep writing, and to pursue a publishing deal. As at July 2021 Carolyn has 21 books, 7 first place trophies and 17 finalist certificates from contests all around the world. Her primary Australian publisher is Gumnut Press with anthology stories through Serenity Press.
READ 2020 JUDGES' REPORT BY CAROLYN WREN
Note: The winners will be announced on Sat 21 August 2021. See here to book for ceremony.
(in no particular order)
1. White Noise by B. Kay Spencer.
2. Guardian by Valerie Latimour.
3. My Mind by Hillary Goodreid.
4. Alebrije by David Allan-Petale.
5. Magic Hands by Jasmin Pradhan.
6. Voices Ethereal by Caroline Michell.
7. For Whom the Shell Whispers by Lee Harsen.
8. Never Leave by Dan Depiazzi.
9. Giggles by Emilia Beecraft.
10. The Green Cave by Amber Davis.
11. The Hum by Farzaneh Pishro.
12. A Little Help by Chris Moss.
13. A Warning to You All by Louise Burlinson.
14. The Unseen, the Unheard by Tenneille Ross.
15. Just a Voice by Fiona Mayers.
16. Whispers by Sarah Ayres.
17. The Matter of the Diet of Insectivorous Plants from Equatorial Africa by Maria Blackman.
18. Jimmy by Chris Zanich.
19. Shadows of Voices by Brian Walsh.
20. The Midnight Party by Briana Kay Bohan.
21. Silence by KJ Beat.
22. A Perfect Life by Jacqueline Warner.
23. Baptism of Fire by Jenny Lynch.
24. Appetite by Shelley Timms.
25. Listen by Kaitlin Pradhan.
26. Stay by Jo Morrison.
27. Stone Age Chick by K. Dee.
(in no particular order)
1. Mimic by Karthiga Kamala Kannan.
2. I'm Here, Darling by Farina Ibrahim.
3. Pontianak by Nur Fatihah Mohd Fauzi.
4. Illusion by Jun Chu.
5. Isabelle by Saufi Risal.
6. Shadelands by Ellen Bourgault.
7. The Sprung by Coen Lamb.
8. The Fateful Whisper by Daniel Brooker.
9. Joker by Francis Yan.
10. Home Sweet Home by Cassandra Lew.
11. Mary Kings Close by Ben Lesley.
KSP POETRY AWARDS 2020
Judge: Renee Pettitt-Schipp
Reneé Pettitt-Schipp’s work with asylum seekers in detention on Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands inspired her first collection of poetry, The Sky Runs Right Through Us. This collection was shortlisted for the Dorothy Hewett manuscript prize as well as the 2019 CHASS Australia Student Prize. In 2019, The Sky Runs Right Through Us also won the Greg Crombie ‘Work of the Year’ in the Humanities Research Awards, as well as winning the WA Premier’s Literary Award for an Emerging Writer. Reneé now lives in WA’s Great Southern.
READ 2020 JUDGES' REPORT
First Place: Western Spinebill by Mitchell Kelly, NSW
Second Place: Sleeping Like a Mouse by Jan Napier, WA
September Tercets: or hearing a rufous whistler in the field by Peter Ramm, NSW
The River Flows Back by R.I Quin, QLD
Slender Limbs by Carolyn Abbs, WA
Mourning Song by Natalie D-Napoleon, WA
September Birds by Jan Napier, WA
Annette Cameron Encouragement Award for an Unpublished WA Poet:
First Place: Child’s Play 1950s by Diana Messervy
Second Place: The Life Cycle of a Cicada by Petra Sully
Blazon of my Boy by Susan Wemyss
Winter Pause by Malcolm McGuire
Hopeling by Jenifer Hetherington
First Place: Recess Time: a Concerto by Jhermayne Ubalde, age 16, WA
Second Place: Golden Eyes by Selina Richter, age 15, VIC
Yardie Creek by Ella Miels, age 17, WA
Mundaring National Encouragement Award for a Poet Under 14 Years
I am by Sophie Jenkins, age 10, VIC
Our Spirit Can’t be Broken by Emily Loughrey, age 11, QLD
KSP SHORT FICTION AWARDS 2020
Judge: Holden Sheppard
Holden Sheppard is an award-winning West Australian author. His debut novel Invisible Boys (Fremantle Press, 2019) has won several accolades including the 2019 Western Australian Premier's Award and the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award. In 2020, Invisible Boys was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and named as a Notable Book by the Children's Book Council of Australia. Holden's writing has been published in Griffith Review, Westerly, page seventeen, Indigo Journal and the Bright Lights, No City anthology. He has written articles for 10 Daily, the Huffington Post, the ABC, DNA Magazine and FasterLouder. He is Deputy Chair of WritingWA.
READ 2020 JUDGES' REPORT
First Place: How to Kondo - M.J. Reidy, NSW
Second Place: The Archer - Rachael Mead SA
War Games - Benjamin Mason WA
The Rules - Lyss Morgan VIC
Leith's Broken Collarbone - Adam Scullin VIC
Five Kilos of Glitter - Scott-Patrick Mitchell WA
Flaring Out - Scott Limbrick WA
First Place: An Immortal in Paris - Claire Le Blond NSW
Second Place: Blizzard - Laura Zhang NSW
The Decay of the Hero - John Patrick TAS
The Only Explanation: After Haruki Murakami's "Sleep" - Georgia Bowan ACT
Shooting Stars - Crislin Rosete VIC
Carl, 22 - Beth Shaw WA
In Control - Laetitia Clements VIC
Mundaring National Young Writers Encouragement Award
The Dreamland - Ava Beckinsale NSW