The Footpath Library and Macquarie Short Story Competition
After receipt of nearly 200 entries the judges made the difficult task of determining the winners in the inaugural The Footpath Library and Macquarie Short Story Competition. The standard was extremely high – leading the judges to award four additional “Highly Commended” prizes.
Our congratulations go to…
Rhonda Aaaron – Iluka Binjabi-Smith
Michelle J Tyhius – Whispers on the Winds of Change
Wendy Gunthorpe – 27 Hundred Kelvins
Lynette Washington -Housing Needs Assessment
Chair of the Judging Panel, Richard Glover said at the award ceremony held at Macquarie Bank in Sydney on 23 May 2013:
“We found ourselves delighted by the quality of the stories and often moved by their content. There was great vividness to many entries and a real willingness to imaginatively enter the world of the homeless.
“While there could only be a handful of winners, the high overall standard of the entries shows both the health of creative writing in Australia and the widespread desire to engage with the issue of homelessness.”
The ceremony was MCed by Peter FitzSimons, Patron of The Footpath Library and well known author and journalist. The prizes were awarded by Peter, Sarah Garnett (our Founder) and Noel Yeates of Macquarie Private Wealth.
We look forward to next year’s competition and to Macquarie’s continued support.
Thank you to all who entered!
Read the winning entries and the author’s biographies:
The Footpath Library and Macquarie Banking and Financial Services Group joined together to launch an exciting new short story competition in 2013. Open to all Australian residents the theme of the competition is “homelessness”.
The competition opened on 5 March and closed 3 May.
Our Ambassador Richard Glover, well known ABC radio journalist was joined by author Anita Heiss and Zora Sanders, the editor of the prestigious literary magazine Meanjin, as judges.
Macquarie Banking and Financial Services Group generously provided prizes as follows:
The first prize short story is published in the Meanjin Quarterly – a wonderful opportunity for all authors.
We are very grateful for the support of Macquarie Banking and Financial Services Group for our work. Our chair Jaqui Lane has commented:
“The support of Macquarie Banking and Financial Services Group has made this competition possible. Not only have they generously contributed the prize money, they are also providing us with additional support to help us with the valuable work we are doing.”
Information on Homelessness
The Footpath Library services many clients – the majority of whom are homeless. We are committed to changing community attitudes to homeless people. We aim to help the public gain a greater understanding of what homelessness is in our community, the causes of homelessness and what it means to be homeless. Click here to gain a greater understanding of the breadth and impact of homelessness in our community.