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It was a pleasure to attend the KSP Speculative Fiction Award last weekend, and a surprise to be awarded third prize.

Here's the Shortlist:


1st Prize: Wolves, Sheep and I by Denis Bastion (VIC)
2nd Prize: Flight of the Bumblebee by Janeen Samuel (VIC)
3rd Prize: Saint Olivia’s Light by Carol Ryles (WA)

Commended (in alphabetical order by authors’ surnames):

Foretold by Cheryse Durrant (QLD)
La Belle Dame by Satima Flavell (WA)
The Remembery by Guy Salvidge (WA)
The Red Marble by Daniel Simpson (WA)
The Deception of Numbers by Shaun Taylor (SA)


1st Prize: Behind Closed Doors by Raeden Richardson (VIC)
2nd Prize: Tales of a Time Traveller by James Brock (WA)

Under 13 Award: Soldiers of Lonestar by James Crowley (NSW)

Commended (in alphabetical order by authors’ surnames)

Joe’s Aurora by Katie Birkinshaw (WA)
Bound by Blood by Rachel Chan (WA)
Class Picture by Rejinette Moreno (WA)
The Colour of Happiness by Linda Mulenda (WA)
The View From the Elevator by Daniel Ortlepp (VIC)

In the judge's report, Judge Peter McAllister wrote:

"Saint Olivia’s Light is a curious tale of the secret life of a leadlight saint, animated in equal measure by an artisan’s blood and the light that illuminates her beautiful image. Again, I think it is the imaginative power displayed by the author in so confidently animating his or her unique protagonist that has won my admiration. The story is richly textured and shows an acute sensibility; the writing is similarly vivid – sometimes searing. It also moves inexorably to a dénouement both well structured and satisfying. A very impressive work, too, and one justified in edging out the many other quality stories for the 3rd place award."

Thank you Peter!!

The awards ceremony concluded with an enjoyable reading by Juliet Marillier from her latest work which is soon to be published in New Zealand.

Meanwhile, out bush, the Kangaroo Paws are starting to blossom...

Taken at Wireless Hill Park, Booragoon, WA


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 17th, 2010 06:37 am (UTC)
cool. Congrats
Aug. 17th, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)
Thank you
Aug. 17th, 2010 07:08 am (UTC)
Congratulations, Carol! Where do I read it?
Aug. 17th, 2010 07:24 am (UTC)
Hi Nisi,

Thank you!!! I let you know as soon as I find a home for it. See you at Aussiecon.
Aug. 17th, 2010 08:08 am (UTC)
Neat to be shortlisted in such good company, Carol!:-) I already have Guy as a new Facebook friend and will track down the others forthwith!
Aug. 17th, 2010 09:45 am (UTC)
Aug. 17th, 2010 09:48 am (UTC)
And the anonymous one was me having forgotten to sign in.
Aug. 17th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
Congrats! :)
Aug. 19th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
Thank you:)
Aug. 17th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! The KSP Centre looks like a great institution with a lively set of writing programs.
Aug. 19th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
Thank you :) Yes, the KSP Centre is a great meeting and learning place. I've met most of my WA writing friends through there.
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