2016 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards Shortlist
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2016 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards Shortlist

  We are delighted to reveal the 2016 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards shortlist. The announcement of the winners will take place at 6pm Thursday 15 December in Canberra Contemporary Art Space at Gorman Arts Centre. More details about the event can be found here. This year, we are also pleased to welcome the Minister for the Arts and … Continue reading

Ode to a Papermate Inkjoy 100, A Poem by Penny O’Hara
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Ode to a Papermate Inkjoy 100, A Poem by Penny O’Hara

Penny O’Hara’s poem, Ode to a Papermate Inkjoy 100, won the 2015 Michael Thwaites Poetry Award, as part of our ACT Publishing and Writing Awards announced last year. The judge, Melinda Smith, described it as “a fabulous tight piece of metaphyics with lots of clever witty angles, none of them overdone.” Read it for yourself below.  Who can say who picked up whom? … Continue reading

Action (Bus Route 2), a poem by Sarah Rice
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Action (Bus Route 2), a poem by Sarah Rice

Sarah Rice’s poem, Action (Bus Route 2) was Highly Commended for the 2015 Michael Thwaites Poetry Award. This poem was described by judge, Melinda Smith as “A personable, compassionate meditation on having and not-having with some sharply observed moments”.  Action (Bus Route 2) There’s someone living in my bus stop two bikes three bags and … Continue reading

Torvald’s Year, A Short Story by C.H. Pearce
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Torvald’s Year, A Short Story by C.H. Pearce

C.H. Pearce’s short story, Torvald’s Year, won the 2015 Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award.

“This account of how poor Torvald struggles to escape his wretched life below ground is a superb example of speculative fiction. It plunges the reader straight into a dystopian world of ‘suffering’ without any of those explanations and technological details which would detract from the story.” (Judge, Maureen Bettle). Continue reading

Winter evening on the Monaro, a Poem by Laurence de B Anderson
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Winter evening on the Monaro, a Poem by Laurence de B Anderson

Laurence de B Anderson received a Highly Commended prize in the 2015 Michael Thwaites Poetry Award for his poem, Winter evening on the Monaro. Judge, Melinda Smith described it as: “a lyrical, mysterious exploration of landscape and light”. Laurence’s  poem is published below.  Cloud-light shivers the crow to louvred grey. Riding the fence, he sleeks … Continue reading