The winners of the Henry Lawson Society of NSW Inc Literary Awards 2011 have been announced.
And the winning story is... *drumroll*
But I'm thrilled that Time and Time Again received a shiny Highly Commended certificate in the open short story section.
The judge’s report is particularly interesting. It states, "judging the short story section of [the] competition proved to be an extremely challenging task, owing to the high standard of many of the entries.” And goes on to explain that each of the shortlisted entries had:
1. An arresting opening,
2. A satisfying conclusion,
3. A clear and consistent narrative voice,
4. A point,
5. Pace and development,
6. Flawless spelling, punctuation and grammar, and,
7. Plenty of show rather than tell
These statements sound eerily like my tutors at VU, proving I do listen in class!
I think I’ll submit Time and Time Again to Meanjin - after a minor edit. :)