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The Boroondara Literary Awards judging panel for 2020 is comprised of Aoife Clifford, George Ivanoff and Cameron Semmens.

Open Short Story – Aoife Clifford

Aoife Clifford was born in London of Irish parents, studied Arts/Law at the Australian National University, and now lives in Melbourne.

Aoife is the author of best selling literary crime novels, Second Sight, runners up in 2019 for Crime Book of the Year in the Davitt Awards, and All These Perfect Strangers, which was long listed for both the ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year and the Voss Literary Prize.

She is a Ned Kelly Award winner, has won the Scarlet Stiletto and been shortlisted for the UK Crime Association’s Debut Dagger among other prizes. Her award winning short stories have been published in Australia, UK and US.

Young Writers Prose – George Ivanoff 

George Ivanoff is a Melbourne author who’s written more than 100 books for kids and teens, including:

  • the Gamers trilogy 
  • the interactive You Choose series 
  • RFDS Adventures 
  • the OTHER WORLDS series
  • non-fiction Survival Guides.

George’s books and stories have been shortlisted for numerous awards and he’s even managed to win a few of them. George drinks too much coffee, eats too much chocolate and watches too much Doctor Who. He has one wife, two children and an uncontrollable imagination.

Young Writers Poetry – Cameron Semmens 

Cameron Semmens is an award-winning poet, entertainer and poetry educator with 23 books to his name and 27 years experience of sharing on the stage and the page. He makes his living through words: running workshops, designing books and performing live. He lives in Melbourne's Eastern suburbs fathering his two young children.

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