Monday, 16 February 2015

express Writing Contest Results

The winners were announced at Review Revue, an Auckland Pride Festival event hosted by the wonderful Auckland Libraries and organised in conjunction with Alternative Bindings.

The stories entered all demanded to be read, with recurrent themes of love in its many forms along with beaches and dogs. The stories ranged from simple narrative to philosophical and lyrical mysticism. The 36 Entries came from around the country and I think 22 were from men and 14 from women. We didn't ask the question so can't say if any entry is trans representative.

Every entry came with an eager and excited covering note. Having the opportunity to create something specific and participate in the contest seems to resonate with our community as an exciting thing to do. Thank you and congratulations to all who entered.

Thank you to GABA charitable trust, our judges Gina Cole, Julie Helean, Stevan Eldred Grigg and Peter Wells. Thank you to Ollie at express magazine for publishing the winner and publicising the contest. Many thanks to Auckland council and the Waitemata Local Board and Auckland Libraries for supporting our events. Thank you specifically to Karen Craig, Ana Worner, Andrew Rumbles, Gina Cole, Rachel, Micheal Giacon and Richard Galloway.

The Winner who recieves fame and $500 is Carissa Sinclair with Shedding Skin.

Second place wins $200 and is awarded to Steve Danby with Aisle Altar Hymn.

Commended were:

Geum Hye Kim with Changing Room
Shane Crook with The Wrath of the Penates
Elysia Rose Jensen with Escharotomy
Sandi Hall with Knife's Edge
Val Prozorova with Lost And Found

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