2021/22 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, and Tabetha Rogers-Beggs of Little Black Dress Productions for sponsoring these awards.
SPOOKY STORY AWARDS 2022
Theme: Best Friends
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 Much to her surprise, she won the Australian based Emerald Award for unpublished manuscripts, and one week later received a commendation from the International Daphne Du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.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 2022 JUDGES' REPORT BY CAROLYN WREN
1st Place: D. D. Line, 'Jimmy and Me'
2nd Place: Fionna Cosgrove, 'Alice'
3rd Place: Valerie Latimour, 'Freedom'
(in no particular order)
'The Scritch Under My Bed' by Scott-Patrick Mitchell
'Snatcher in the Fog' by B. Kay Spencer
'The Sandbar' by Chris Zanich
'A Friend in Need' by Chris Moss
'Sleepover' by C Aric Hanley
'Believe' by Barbara Gurney
'In the Beach House' by Emelia Beecraft
'The Man in the Mirror' and 'Prince of Darkness' by Jenny Lynch
'Chook' by Jacqueline Warner
'The Young Ghosts’ Guide to Making Friends ' by Louise Burlinson
'Oak Leaves and Whiskey' by Mark Townsend
'While She Sleeps' and 'Et Tu' by Caroline Michell
'Slightly Off Script' and 'Diablo De Plata' by Laila Miller
'River Wet Letters' by Jewel Swe
YOUTH CATEGORY WA
1st Place: Lara Simpson, 'Right There'
2nd Place: Daniel Korlat, 'Bob's Watch'
3rd Place: Kalopsia, 'Best Friends Forever'
Commended: Mia Splatt, 'The Spooky Sleepover'
Shire of Mundaring Prize: Ayla Smyth, 'Sacrifice'
YOUTH CATEGORY INTERSTATE
1st Place: E.J Sullivan, 'Bahayu'
2nd Place: R. Abbott, 'Til Death Do Us Part'
3rd Place: Aditya Paul, 'Katy'
Commended: Essie Li, 'Room 21'
Commended: Molly Hoogland, 'My John'
KSP POETRY AWARDS 2022
Judge: Natalie D-Napoleon
Natalie Damjanovich-Napoleon (D-Napoleon) is a poet and songwriter. Her poetry and creative non-fiction has appeared in The Australian (Review), Writer’s Digest (US), Cordite, and Meanjin. She has won both the Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize and the KSP Poetry Prize. Ginninderra Press released her debut poetry collection First Blood in 2019. Natalie recently completed a collection on matrescence and the silencing of women's voices. She is currently teaching writing at ECU while completing a PhD on erasure poetry and historic amnesia.
OPEN CATEGORY WINNERS
1st Place: 'Swapping One Dysfunctional Family for Another' by Angela Costi, VIC
2nd Place: 'Body and Soul' by Jan Napier, WA
Highly Commended: 'Scar Tissue' by Claire Hampson, NSW
Highly Commended: 'Segments of Grief' by Claire Reberger, NSW
Commended: 'Things that Mooch' by Rhian Healy, WA
Commended: 'I Start to Tell You' by Jan Napier, WA
Commended: 'Hold, Release' by Scott-Patrick Mitchell, WA
Annette Cameron Encouragement Award for an Unpublished WA Poet
1st Place: 'The Third Trimester' by Ella Tan, WA
Highly Commended: 'Calling Hecate' by Jo Hanna, WA
Commended: 'Everyday Alchemy' by Jennifer Catalano, WA
YOUTH CATEGORY WINNERS
1st Place: 'Drowning in Front of a White Man' by Sharon Zhang, VIC, 16 years
2nd Place: 'Four' by Jasmine Cullen, WA, 15 years
Highly commended: 'Alphabet of Love' by Madeleine Zeng, NSW, 14 years
Highly Commended: 'Secrets' by Ellie Yang, NSW, 10 years
Commended: 'Nothing Oriental' by Isabel Gong, NSW, 15 years
Commended: 'Paradise Lost' by Mehvish Mehboob, WA, 17 Years
Commended: 'At the Blank Wall a Turning Point' by Zara Pereira, WA, 11 Years
Commended: 'Death of a Procrastinator' by Guo Ru, NSW, 13 years
Mundaring National Encouragement Award for a Poet Under 14 Years: 'The Library' by Willow Dunlop, NSW, 11 years
Mundaring National Encouragement Award for a Poet under 14 years - Highly Commended: 'Autumn' by Eliza Sharry, VIC, 9 years
KSP SHORT FICTION AWARDS 2022
Judge: Bindy Pritchard
Bindy Pritchard is a writer and mentor whose fiction has appeared in various anthologies and literary journals such as Westerly, Kill Your Darlings and Review of Australian Fiction. Her debut collection Fabulous Lives (published by Margaret River Press) was shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Awards in 2019. In 2021 she was selected as a KSP Emerging Writer-in-Residence to work on her second collection of stories.
OPEN CATEGORY WINNERS
1st Place: 'The Accomplice' by Kit Scriven, VIC
2nd Place: 'Caretaker' by Hannah Jones, QLD
Highly Commended: 'An Unopened Life' by Kit Scriven, VIC
Highly Commended: 'Bozo' by Rachel White, VIC
Commended: 'Rheta's Resolution' by Bronwyn Boehm, NSW
Commended: 'Purity' by Rita Tognini, WA
Highly Commended: '100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee' by Alexandra Svoboda, VIC
YOUTH CATEGORY WINNERS
1st Place: 'The Fall of Robespierre' by Dominique To, WA, 14 years
2nd Place: 'Monkshood Murders' by Qian Fu, VIC, 12 years
Highly Commended: 'Baby Shoes, Half Price Off' by McKayla Tan, NSW, 15 years
Highly Commended: 'Wadjemup Island' by Kaia Gooch, WA, 13 years
Commended: 'The Beast of Adventure World' by Clem Chapman, WA, 10 years
Commended: 'Dealing with The Dempsey's' by Aditya Paul, NSW, 11 years
Commended: 'My Mother's Cooking' by Amber Zhao, QLD, 11 years
Mundaring National Encouragement Award for a Writer Under 14 Years: 'The View From Here' by Isla Barker, WA, 11 years