Winners of the 2019 Short Story Competition SALT


Winners of the 2019 Short Story Competition

We are delighted to announce the winners of our 2019 Short Story Writing Competition. This year’s theme was Salt.

Again, we were lucky to have a talented panel of judges: Peninsula authors Garry Disher and Michelle Hamer; literary agent and YA specialist Danielle Binks; and the Publisher of Western Port News, Cameron McCullough.

We thank all the writers who entered their many wonderful stories, our wise judges, and our generous sponsors. Without you the competition would not take place!

The winning stories across the five categories are:

Adult Fiction—Judge, Garry Disher
The Salt-Lamp Seller by Mattias Mazza
Highly Commended: Salt by Tamara Carpenter

Adult Non Fiction
—Judge, Cameron McCullough
An Old Salt’s Way to a Brighter Future by David Lloyd Wright
Highly Commended: Saltworks by Deline Skinner

—Judge, Danielle Binks
The Sweetness of Salt by Adana Hulett

Primary Years—Judge, Michelle Hamer
Scales the Saltwater Crocodile by Hazel Mazza
Hope by Emma May-Konning

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

The competition was run with the support of our valued sponsors: Balnarring & District Community Branch of Bendigo Bank, Farrell’s Bookshop, Petersen’s Bookstore and the Western Port News.


Short story writing competition 2018




Somers Paper Nautilus invites you to enter a short story writing competition. Write a fiction or non-fiction story inspired by the theme … Shell

Entry is free. Submit your story in one of the following categories:

  • Open Fiction                              Fiction story. Word limit: 500
    (J) Garry Disher                          Prize $150
  • Open Non-fiction                   Non-fiction story. Word limit: 500
    (J) Cameron McCullough         Prize $150
  • Children*                                    Under 8 years. Fiction or non-fiction story. Word limit: 300
    (J) Maryann Ballantyne            1st prize $30 book voucher, 2nd prize $15 book voucher
  • Middle years                              8 to 12 years. Fiction or non-fiction story. Word limit: 300
    (J) Wendy Orr                              1st prize $30 book voucher, 2nd prize $15 book voucher
  • Teens                                            13 to 18 years. Fiction or non-fiction story. Word limit: 300
    (J) Danielle Binks                       1st prize $30 book voucher, 2nd prize $15 book voucher


Entries close on Sunday, 15 April 2018
Submit your entry/s to: or mail to:
Somers Paper Nautilus, PO Box 338, Somers VIC 3927

Winners announced on Monday, 14 May 2018


Judges:       We are delighted to welcome authors Garry Disher and Wendy Orr, children’s book publisher Maryann Ballantyne, along with writer, literary agent and YA specialist Danielle Binks, and publisher Cameron McCullough to our judging panel. Each will judge one category, as above (J).

Entry guidelines

Submissions will be judged on originality, creativity and theme, and must meet entry guidelines.

Please ensure your submission/s meets the following conditions:

  • Separate cover sheet with title, author name, category, phone number, email, postcode.
  • Legible, hand-written stories are acceptable only for Children under 8 years category*.
  • Send work as a doc file or as printed hard copy for all other categories.
  • Do not include your name on the Word file – to assist in anonymous reading.
  • Title and page number on each page, typed, Times New Roman font, double spaced.
  • Word count must be included and limits not exceeded.
  • Works must be original, unpublished and must not have been submitted elsewhere.
  • Entries must be received by 11.59pm on Sunday, 15 April 2018.
  • Only entries that meet all criteria will be considered.

Competition conditions

  • Judges decisions are final.
  • Nautilus retains the right to publish any/all entries in the Somers Paper Nautilus.
  • Fiction & non-fiction categories open to all except Nautilus staff and sponsors.
  • Authors under 18 years to enter the appropriate category per age group.
  • Maximum of two submissions per author.
  • Winners agree to their name being published in Somers Paper Nautilus and WP News.

Sponsors and judges

We are grateful for the generous support of the Bendigo Community Bank as major sponsor for the open categories; and Farrell’s Bookshop, Petersen’s Bookshop and Somers Paper Nautilus as sponsors in the children’s categories. The Mornington Peninsula News Group’s (MPNG) Western Port News has generously provided advertising for the competition.

Our judges Maryann Ballantyne, Danielle Binks, Garry Disher, Cameron McCullough and Wendy Orr are sharing their wisdom, expertise and time as they take part in judging. For this we thank them!

Have a creative 2018 – start writing now!