2021 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

(WA Competition)

Theme: Voices

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  Much to her surprise, she won the Australian based Emerald Award for unpublished manuscripts, and one week later received a commendation from the International Daphne Du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.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.

www.carolynwren.com
www.facebook.com/carolynwrenauthor

 

READ 2021 JUDGES' REPORT BY CAROLYN WREN

OPEN SECTION

Winner: Fiona Mayers, 'Just a Voice'
2nd Place: Caroline Michell, 'Voices Ethereal'

3rd Place: Sarah Ayres, 'Whispers'
Commended: Kaitlin Pradhan, 'Listen'

Commended: Jo Morrison, 'Stay'

Shortlisted:

(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. 

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.

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. 

27.    Stone Age Chick by K. Dee. 

YOUTH SECTION

Winner: Jun Chu, 'Illusion'
2nd Place: Ben Lesley, 'Mary Kings Close'

3rd Place: Saufi Risal, 'Isabelle'
Commended: Ellen Bourgault, 'Shadelands'

Shortlisted:

(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.

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.

KSP POETRY AWARDS 2021

(National Competition)

Judge: Caitlin Maling

Caitlin Maling is a Western Australian poet who grew up in and around Fremantle. Her work has been published in Australian Poetry, Best Australian Poetry, Westerly, Island, Meanjin, Threepenny Review, Green Mountains Review, Australian Book Review, Prairie Schooner and The Australian among others. A previous recipient of the John Marsden Poetry Prize, in 2014 she was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Poetry Prize and won the Harri Jones Memorial Prize of the Newcastle Poetry Prize, and the Val Vallis Award. Her first collection Conversation's I've Never Had was published by Fremantle Press in early 2015 and was shortlisted for the Dame Mary Gilmore Award and WA Premier's Book Award. Her most recent collection, Fish Work, was released in 2021 after being highly commended in the 2020 Dorothy Hewett Awards with UWA Press. Caitlin is a previous holder of the Marten Bequest in Poetry and a Teaching Fellowship at the University of Sydney.

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OPEN SECTION WINNERS

 

First Place: “Failures”                     Damen O’Brien, QLD
Second Place: “peach”                 Jan Napier, WA
Highly Commended: “Suburban Summers”         Scott-Patrick Mitchell, WA
Highly Commended: “Regrowth”             Jan Napier, WA
Commended: “The Birthing Room”             Carolyn Abbs, WA
Commended: “A Blackbird by Any Other Name”    Paula Jones, WA
Commended: “Haruspicy”                 Chris Armstrong, TAS

Annette Cameron Encouragement Award for an Unpublished WA Poet:

First Place: Impossible Jeans             Lisa Collyer, WA
Highly Commended: Baby              Shahnoor Nina Gregory, WA
Commended: Nobody Home             Carolyn Parker, WA

YOUTH SECTION WINNERS

First Place: “the box” Bella Rose, WA, 15 years, Halls Head College
Second Place: “I’ve just shaved for the first time” Zara Vale, NSW, 16 years, Melba Copland Secondary School
Highly commended: “lessons” Kyla Rajkumar, NSW, 16 years, Westbourne College
Commended “red” Katie Andrews, WA, 14 years, International School of WA
Commended “bedtime” Josephine Marston, WA, 14 years, Hope Christian College
Mundaring National Encouragement Award for a Poet Under 14 Years: 
“A forgotten dream”: Brianna Elvish, VIC, 14 years, St. Peter's College

KSP SHORT FICTION AWARDS 2021

(National Competition)

Judge: Emily Paull

Emily Paull is a writer of short stories and historical fiction from Perth, Western Australia. Her debut collection, Well-Behaved Women, was released by Margaret River Press in 2019, and she was highly commended in the 2021 Fogarty Award for her manuscript ’The Good Daughter.’ Emily is a former Young Writer in Residence at KSP, and has been published in Westerly multiple times. She is also a qualified librarian. When she’s not writing, she can often be found with her nose in a book. 

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OPEN SECTION WINNERS

FIRST    The Road Trip        Scott-Patrick Mitchell, WA
SECOND     People to Avoid    Scott Limbrick, VIC
Highly Commended:     Eat Bitterness        Rita Tognini, WA
Highly Commended:     Colours of Love    Peter Mitchell, NSW
Commended: .     The Buyer        Kit Scriven, VIC
Commended:     Ouroboros        Josephine Sarvaas, NSW
Highly Commended:     Domestic        Jen Bowden, WA
Shire of Mundaring Encouragement Award:

Picture Perfect           Jill Southgate, WA

YOUTH SECTION WINNERS

FIRST     My Last Husband    Beyas Basu, QLD, 17 years
SECOND     Running Alone    Liora Berry, NSW, 10 years

Highly Commended:     String Never Melts    Nadia Brownrigg, NSW, 12 years
Highly Commended:     I Will Remember    Haelie Roberts, VIC, 15 years
Highly Commended:     Glass Girl        Syazwani Saifudin, VIC, 14 years
Commended:      Rebellion Rekindled        Vihaan Pujara, WA, 13 years
Commended:
      Eleven Bites            Natalie Barr, VIC, 14 years
Mundaring National Encouragement Award for a Writer Under 14 Years: 
A Seal’s Story        Hazel Mazza, VIC, 11 years

HUGO THROSSELL WRITING AWARD FOR YOUTH 2021

(Local WA Competition)

Judge: Valerie Everett

Valerie is a secondary school teacher and researcher/writer. Her first book The House that Was Built in a Day: Anzac Cottage (UWA Publishing, 2007) was awarded a Notable Book by the Children’s Book Council of Australia in 2008. Valerie was the convenor of KSP’s Anzac Centenary social history book, Blackboy Hill is Calling (Wild Weeds Press, 2015). Valerie has twice won the City of Vincent’s Local History Awards and served on the KSP Foundation board of management for eight years.

Encouragement Prize:   Family Matters       Tamsyn Smith

Please note: Unless otherwise advised, 2021 is the last time the Hugo Throssell competition will run.