Our prize winners for September 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016
By: 
Logan Ramsay

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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.

Collective celebrations

Readings Matters 2017 authors announced:

  • Alison Goodman, tutor
  • Lili Wilkinson, tutor

ASA announces 2016 Barbara Jefferis Award shortlist:

  • 'A Guide to Berlin' by Gail Jones, tutor
  • 'Laurinda' by Alice Pung, tutor

Varuna residential Fellowships:

  • Kelly Gardiner, member, for ‘Grace’, a novel of the interwoven lives and voices of Queen Elizabeth I and the pirate Grace O’Malley
  • Kirsten Krauth, member, for her novel ‘Almost a Mirror’, which asks how do you choose the soundtrack that defines your life, if that’s all you have to leave?
  • Kate Mildenhall, member and tutor, for her novel ‘Borderless’, in which May’s husband disappears while working on a secret project and she is forced to flee Australia with her two children
  • Simmone Howell, member and tutor, for her nonfiction work ‘Strange Little Girl’, a YA memoir that explores unconventional role models in literature and popular culture
  • Charlotte Callander, member, for her YA novel ‘Sirens’, in which a teenage boy returns to his former hometown for the summer and must confront the truth about his twin brother’s death, member,
  • Catherine Hainstock, member, for her YA novel ‘Worth It’, in which a 16-year-old BMX rider must decide what’s worth fighting for when other people’s plans put him and his future at risk

Thirty individual writers were among the Australia Council for the Arts June grant round recipients including:

  • Emily Bitto, member
  • Steven Conte, tutor
  • Bruce Pascoe, tutor
  • Lucy Treloar, tutor

Individual celebrations

Carmel Bird, tutor, has won the 2016 Patrick White Literary Award

Australian writer Mark Brandi, member, has won the Debut Dagger for an unpublished writer at this year’s Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Dagger awards in the UK. He was recognised for his manuscript ‘Wimmera’, which explores the ‘dark underbelly of Australian rural life’.

Amie Kaufman, tutor, won the Gold Inky Award at the  2016 Inky Awards for her YA novel 'Illuminae' (co-written with Jay Kristoff)

Helen Garner, tutor, won the WA Premier’s Book Awards 2016 non-fiction award for 'This House of Grief'

Sonia Orchard, tutor, was an Affirm mentorship award winner for her adult literary fiction 'About the Fire'

Melanie Joosten, member, is on the Waverley Library Award 2016 shortlist for 'A Long Time Coming: Essays on Old Age'

Eireann Nankivell, member, was long-listed in the inaugural Los Gatos-Listowell Short Story Contest

Greg Hansen, member, was short-listed for the inaugural UK-based First Novel Prize 2016 for his unpublished manuscript ‘Pelsaert’s Nightmare’. An early draft was joint runner-up in the 2013 FAW National Literary Awards (Jim Hamilton Award for an Unpublished Manuscript), and the novel was also shortlisted for the 2015 Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction.

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