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The winners of the 2018 Boroondara Literary Awards were announced at a special ceremony last night at the Hawthorn Arts Centre from a strong field of talented writers from inside and outside Boroondara.

Mayor of Boroondara, Cr Jane Addis congratulated the winners and said the Awards provide an opportunity for writers to share their writing and have their work recognised.

“The evening was a moment to celebrate the wonderful achievements of established and emerging local writers,” said Cr Addis.

“We’re proud to be working with the Rotary Club of Balwyn, local writers groups and schools to encourage a culture of creativity and literacy in our community.”

The Awards are committed to inspiring local and emerging writers and the Writers in Schools program provides an opportunity for professional writers and well-known authors to conduct workshops to expose students in Boroondara to new skills and writing techniques.

Winner of the national Open Short Story section was awarded to Imbi Neeme for her story Naamah’s Ark. Judge Ilsa Evans called it a ‘deceptively simple and beautifully controlled short story where every word pays its due … a worthy winner.’

Katherine O’Hanlon came second overall in the Open Short Story section and was awarded the Keith Carroll Award for her entry Renaissance. The Keith Carroll Award is for the best entry by a Boroondara resident. Keith was instrumental in initiating the Boroondara Literary Awards in 1999 and attended on the night.

The Young Writers’ Awards is comprised of three age categories and incorporates prose and poetry by students who live or go to school in Boroondara. The winning and highly commended entries were announced by poetry judge Cameron Semmens, and prose judge Lili Wilkinson.

Now in their 20th year, the Awards have uncovered some remarkable local talent and inspired more people to be creative. This year a record number, over 1,470 entries of original prose and poetry were received.

“The Awards night is very special and everyone who entered should be proud of their originality, creativity and the quality of their work,” said Cr Addis.

Cr Addis thanked the competition judges Lili Wikinson, Cameron Semmens, and Ilsa Evans. She also thanked the Rotary Club of Balwyn for their partnership as they continue to encourage all kinds of writers and would-be writers to put pen to paper and write.

Winning and highly commended entries will be published in the Boroondara Literary Awards Anthology available for purchase, or as an e-book and in hard copy from Council libraries.

The 2018 winners for each category include:

Open Short Story Competition Imbi Neeme: Naamah’s Ark
Keith Carroll award Katherine O’Hanlon: Renaissance

Young Writers’ Competition Award - Poetry and Prose

Junior Poetry award

Itzy Kelly : Evolution

Middle Poetry award Odi Paatsch : Pocket Mirror
Senior Poetry award Clem McNabb : Aquarium
Junior Prose award Lotus Das-Hyland : The Day the Unwanted Visitor Arrived
Middle Prose award Lottie Dalton : Milky Ways
Senior Prose award Lucienne Bourke : Goosey

To see the full list of winning and highly commended entries and find out more, visit the Boroondara Literary Awards.

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