The winners of the 2017 Short Story Competition


We are delighted to announce the winners for our 2017 Short Story Writing Competition. This year’s theme was Summertime and Ocean.
Forty eight entries were judged by a panel of local literary experts: Maryann Ballantyne, Publisher at Black Dog Books; Peninsula authors Garry Disher and Wendy Orr; educator Heather Goddard; and the Publisher of Western Port News, Cameron McCullough.

We thank all of the writers for their many wonderful stories; our knowledgeable panel of wise judges; and our generous sponsors. Without all of you the competition would not take place!

Cameron McCullough (Non Fiction judge, WPN sponsor ) Kirstie Stockwell (Non Fiction winner) Catriona Morrison (Fiction winner) Garry Disher (Fiction judge) Bronwen Gibbs (Nautilus) Greg Hood (Manager, Balnarrring & Districts Community Bank  – sponsor)


The winners across the five categories are:

Open Fiction—Judge, Garry Disher
Winner: Mermaid’s Tears by Catriona Morrison
Highly Commended
Balnarring Morning by Jo Fowler
Outside by Karen Charlton

Open Non Fiction—Judge, Cameron McCullough
Winner: The Last Mistake by Kirsty Stockwell
Highly Commended: The Grassy Spur by Ian Sharp


Teens—Judge, Heather Goddard
Winner: The Beach by Pia Murray
Runner-up: My People by Darcy Carr

Middle Years—Judge, Wendy Orr
Winner: The Secret Ingredient by Kiana Wallace
Runner-up: Home by Hazel Murray

Junior Years—Judge, Maryann Ballantyne
Winner: The Fox Who Could Swim by Hazel Mazza

Kiana Wallace (Middle Years Winner) Isla Killeen (Junior Years Runner-up) Pia Murray (Teens Winner) Hazel Mazza (Junior Years Winner) Hazel Murray (Middle Years Runner-up)

Runner-up: At the Beach by Isla Killeen



The winning stories are published in the Easter Edition 67 of the Somers Paper Nautilus.


The competition was run with the support of our valued sponsors:

Balnarring & District Community Branch of Bendigo Bank, Somers General Store, Farrell’s Bookshop, Petersen’s Bookstore and the Western Port News.

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