Finegan Kruckemeyer wins first prize in our national short story competition, The Hope Prize24 August 2018
The winners are:
First prize: Finegan Kruckemeyer, Like Dresses in a Tree
Second prize: Tess Rowley, The Girl Who Wanted to Paint the Moon
Third prize: Kim Kelly, MESSERSCHMITT
Other category winners are:
Highly commended authors
Alice Bishop, Saltwater
Melanie (Rees) Crouch, Lilly of the Locust Fields
Vicky Daddo, Run
Award for emerging writer under 18
Eleanor George, Biographies of the British Monarchy
Veronica Hester, We Will Go On
Jenny Pang, The Space Between Stillness and Sleep
Women’s Writing Career Development Scholarships
Two scholarships were made available, thanks to a generous supporter, for women writers whose stories showed great promise. The scholarships, to enable women writers to further develop their skills, have been awarded to Melanie (Rees) Crouch and Vicky Daddo.
We established The Hope Prize thanks to the generosity of the late Prudence Myer and support of her family, to encourage writing that transcends stereotypes of ‘the poor’ and reflects the resilience we know that people show in the face of poverty and testing times. The total prize pool is $17,750.
The eminent judges are actor Cate Blanchett, former governor general Quentin Bryce and author Kate Grenville, who are passionate about defeating disadvantage and care deeply about encouraging good writing. The rigorous judging process has been assisted by our publishing partner, Simon & Schuster, and leading book retailer Readings.
The book published by Simon & Schuster for the 2016 Hope Prize, Hope: An Anthology, is still available at Readings.