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Winners announced of the Margaret River Short Story Writing Competition

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Margaret River Press and Arts Margaret River have announced the winners of the Margaret River Short Story Writing Competition.


First prize has been awarded to Melbourne-based writer Melanie Napthine for her story ‘Lost Boy’. Melanie works in educational publishing

and has a particular fondness for the short story form though she also currently has a couple of novels on the go.


Second prize has been awarded to Eva Lomski for her story ‘The Trapper’. Eva, a Melbourne-based writer, has won Glimmer Train’s

Very Short Fiction Award and was a past recipient of the Grace Marion Wilson Fiction Mentorship.


‘Bringing Home the Ashes’ by Carol McDowall was awarded the South West prize. Carol is based in Bunbury, WA and is a member of the South

Side Quills Writers Group. She is currently working on her first novel.


Margaret River Press Director Caroline Wood said ‘this year’s competition received a record number of entries.  “We had 353 entries from around Australia and overseas. The competition continues to be an important pathway to publication for emerging writers,” she said. New York-based Australian writer and editor Estelle Tang was the final judge and editor of the collection, which will be titled Lost Boy & other stories.


Estelle said of the collection: “We live in the world. But how that world manifests for each of us is different—utterly dependent on circumstances. The people we are born to know and the places we are born to see fix us in theirsights, and that’s it. That’s where our stories come from.  “The stories here are all charged with a human affinity that reaches through the page.”


Twenty four stories have been selected for this publication which will be launched at the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival in May.


Tickets for the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival can be purchased from Arts Margaret River online at  or in person or by calling (08) 97587316.

More information on the festival can be found at  or the event’s

Facebook page.


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