The theme of our 2017 competition was: It’s complicated. You can read the judge’s report here
First prize was awarded to Stacey Malacari for He/Him. Stacey received $1000 + Mardi Gras experience + NSW Writers Centre Membership. Stacey Malacari is a creative writer from Perth specialising in young adult fiction, and the founder of Get YA Words Out, a platform supporting the reading, writing and publishing of Australian Queer young adult fiction.
Second prize was also awarded to Stacey Malacari for Regular Boring Sex. Stacey received $300 + Voucher Bookshop Darlinghurst + NSW Writers Centre Membership
Third prize was awarded to Diana King for French Lessons. Diana received $200 + Ariel Bookshop Voucher + NSW Writers Centre Membership. Diana King’s first attempt at writing our experience was the play “Shift” first performed by the Women’s Theatre Group in Melbourne’s Pram Factory in 1975.These stories still need to be told. She hopes she can portray, with feeling, the experiences of our rainbow lives.
Youth Prize (25 and under) was awarded to Alex Soule for High Tide. Alex received $500. Alex Soule is a writer currently working on her debut novel amongst other projects. She has an interest in inclusive fiction and when not writing can generally be found either harassing the local wildlife with her camera or getting herself impressively lost. She presently works in Sydney as a teacher.
Youth prize runner up was awarded to Stephane Valais for A Day at the Beach. Stephane received $100. Stephane Valais is a year 12 student who writes and draws as a hobby.
3 x Highly Commended received $100 each. These were:
Mira Schlosberg for Apocalypse Story. Mira Schlosberg is a writer, comics artist, and fiction editor of Voiceworks whose work has appeared in the Lifted Brow, Scum Mag, and Seizure. Mira was a 2017 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow and can be found on Twitter @miraschlosberg.
Jimmy Twin for The Rimmer and the Germaphobe. Jimmy Twin is a Melbourne-based writer and artist who works in the field of science communication, and is a reporter for the JOY94.9 video game radio show and news site Checkpoint. Jimmy curates LGBTIQ visual arts events and is working on a book on Australian LGBTIQ artists, a picture book about a teddy bear who has never received a hug, and a comic book about the dating misadventures of a gay zombie.
The Queerstories prize was awarded to Courtney Thompson for Portrait-of-a-High-to-Moderate-Functioning-Alcoholic (we haven’t made the story available here because that would spoil the Queerstories fun!). Courtney’s story was selected as the best for performance by Maeve Marsden, host and producer of Queerstories, a monthly LGBTQIA storytelling night at Giant Dwarf in Sydney. Courtney will be asked to share her story at one of the 2018 events. The prize includes travel and accommodation in Sydney (if required), as well as a $200 performance fee. The story will be published on the Queerstories blog. Courtney Thompson is a creative writing student and chronic procrastinator at the University of New South Wales. Originally from rural NSW, her writing often explores themes of class, gender and sexuality, and the way these intersect with and are challenged by geographic location. As a bisexual woman, her overall goal as a writer is to create a space for bisexual writers and characters within a growing queer literature scene in Australia.