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 Much to her surprise, she won the Australian based Emerald Award for unpublished manuscripts, and one week later received a commendation from the International Daphne Du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.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 2021
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.
OPEN CATEGORY WINNERS
1st Place: 'Failures' by Damen O’Brien, QLD
2nd Place: 'peach' by Jan Napier, WA
Highly Commended: 'Suburban Summers' by Scott-Patrick Mitchell, WA
Highly Commended: 'Regrowth' by Jan Napier, WA
Commended: 'The Birthing Room' by Carolyn Abbs, WA
Commended: 'A Blackbird by Any Other Name' by Paula Jones, WA
Commended: 'Haruspicy' by Chris Armstrong, TAS
Annette Cameron Encouragement Award for an Unpublished WA Poet
1st Place: 'Impossible Jeans' by Lisa Collyer, WA
Highly Commended: 'Baby' by Shahnoor Nina Gregory, WA
Commended: 'Nobody Home' by Carolyn Parker, WA
YOUTH CATEGORY WINNERS
1st Place: 'the box' by Bella Rose, WA, 15 years, Halls Head College
2nd Place: 'I’ve just shaved for the first time' by Zara Vale, NSW, 16 years, Melba Copland Secondary School
Highly commended: 'lessons' by Kyla Rajkumar, NSW, 16 years, Westbourne College
Commended: 'red' by Katie Andrews, WA, 14 years, International School of WA
Commended: 'bedtime' by Josephine Marston, WA, 14 years, Hope Christian College
Mundaring National Encouragement Award for a Poet Under 14 Years: 'A forgotten dream' by Brianna Elvish, VIC, 14 years, St. Peter's College
KSP SHORT FICTION AWARDS 2021
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.
OPEN CATEGORY WINNERS
1st Place: 'The Road Trip' by Scott-Patrick Mitchell, WA
2nd Place: 'People to Avoid' by Scott Limbrick, VIC
Highly Commended: 'Eat Bitterness' by Rita Tognini, WA
Highly Commended: 'Colours of Love' by Peter Mitchell, NSW
Commended: 'The Buyer' by Kit Scriven, VIC
Commended: 'Ouroboros' by Josephine Sarvaas, NSW
Highly Commended: 'Domestic' by Jen Bowden, WA
Shire of Mundaring Encouragement Award: 'Picture Perfect' by Jill Southgate, WA
YOUTH CATEGORY WINNERS
1st Place: 'My Last Husband' by Beyas Basu, QLD, 17 years
2nd Place: 'Running Alone' by Liora Berry, NSW, 10 years
Highly Commended: 'String Never Melts' by Nadia Brownrigg, NSW, 12 years
Highly Commended: 'I Will Remember' by Haelie Roberts, VIC, 15 years
Highly Commended: 'Glass Girl' by Syazwani Saifudin, VIC, 14 years
Commended: 'Rebellion Rekindled' by Vihaan Pujara, WA, 13 years
Commended: 'Eleven Bites' by Natalie Barr, VIC, 14 years
Mundaring National Encouragement Award for a Writer Under 14 Years: 'A Seal’s Story' by 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.