Welcome to our monthly brag about our Writers Victoria community members who have won awards, been shortlisted or longlisted for writing prizes or received industry recognition.
Sisters in Crime has announced the shortlist for the 2017 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. The winners will be announced at an event in Melbourne in August. On the shortlist are:
- ‘Dead in the Water’ by Tania Chandler, member
Young Adult novels:
- ‘Frankie’ by Shivaun Plozza, manuscript assessor, tutor and member
- ‘Everything is Changed’ by Nova Weetman, member
The winners of the inaugural Peter Carey Short Story Award run by Moorabool Shire Council have been announced. Cameron Weston, member, won for his story ‘Carrier’. Catherine Padmore, member, was runner-up for her story ‘To whom it may concern’. Both stories have been published in a special Peter Carey Short Story Award issue of ‘Review of Australian Fiction’.
The Speech Pathology Australia book awards 2017 shortlist has been announced. The Awards aim to ‘promote quality Australian books that help children get the best, most literate start in life’. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 2 November at the State Library of Queensland. On the list are:
Birth to three years:
- ‘Hello Little Babies’ by Alison Lester, tutor
Five to 8 Years:
- ‘Gus Dog Goes to Work’ by Rachel Flynn, member and manuscript assessor
Eight to 10 Years:
- ‘The Secrets We Keep’ by Nova Weetman, member
The winners of the Alan Marshall Short Story Award and Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award have been announced by Nillumbik Shire Council. Among the winners are:
Alan Marshall Short Story Award:
- Open Highly Commended: Chris Scriven, member
- Local Winner: Karen Andrews, tutor and member
- Local Highly Commended: Anne Connor, member
Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award:
- Open Winner: Rachel Hennessy, manuscript assessor and member
- Local Highly Commended: Karen Andrews, tutor and member
Rhonda Cotsell, member, won first prize for her poem 'Freedom wakes me in the morning' in the 2017 Adelaide Plains Poetry competition. Stephen Smithyman, member, was Highly Commended for his poem ‘1976’.
The winners of the 2017 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction have been announced. ‘The Glass Half’ by Emily Clements, member, was Highly Commended.
The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) has announced the shortlist for the inaugural Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award. The award, to be presented every other year at the IPEd Conference, recognises editorial excellence, and is based on the quality of the finished work and contributions from the editor, author and publisher about the process. On the shortlist is member Susan Pierotti, for her work on ‘City Kid’ by Lola Russell.
Rhonda Cotsell, member, won first prize for her poem 'Freedom wakes me in the morning' in the 2017 Adelaide Plains Poetry competition. ‘1976’ (no number) Stephen Smithyman, member, was Highly Commended