Hal Porter Short Story Competition winner


I am really very honoured to have been announced as the winner of the coveted Hal Porter Short Story Competition.

To be awarded this recognition, which has been running for 28 years, is something that truly humbles me.

Thank you to East Gippsland Shire Council, East Gippsland Art Gallery, University of Queensland Press and the Porter family for this opportunity.

This is even more meaningful as I used to live in Omeo in the East Gippsland Shire, and when I was in Yr 11 I wrote my English Lit assignment on Hal Porter, a talented Australian author.

This was a piece of fiction that I hope Hal would have liked too.


My winning story is titled 'Bemish'

The judges chose my piece as the winning story for the professionalism of its prose.

Their judging notes stated “This is a beautifully told story about the impact on a mother when she finds her daughter has been sexting on her phone.

The next step is how to broach the subject and the consequences when the daughter wakes up. This is beautiful, clear writing with a gentleness that is profoundly moving.”

I feel very honoured.

You can read the full story here


Here’s to the power of the short story!

That’s enough to keep me writing (and I’m putting the winnings to good use with the purchase of a new writing desk)



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