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:
KATHARINE SUSANNAH PRICHARD OPEN AWARDS
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
Commended (in alphabetical order by authors’ surnames):
Foretold by Cheryse Durrant (QLD) La Belle Dame by Satima Flavell
The Remembery by Guy Salvidge (WA)
The Red Marble by Daniel Simpson (WA)
The Deception of Numbers by Shaun Taylor (SA)
MUNDARING NATIONAL YOUNG WRITERS AWARDS
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
"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