Highly Commended in the Michael Thwaites Poetry Award

2014 Michael Thwaites Award Highly Commended certificate
Highly Commended!

Well, I didn’t take out the top prize for the Michael Thwaites Poetry Award at the 2014 ACT Writers Centre Writing and Publishing Awards, but I am super excited to have been Highly Commended.

PS Cottier, renowned local poet and judge for this year’s poetry prize, said:

“‘Jack and Jill’ uses repetition and slabs of word as weapons that demand attention.”

Jack and Jill will appear in the ACT Writer’s Centre newsletter ACTWrite sometime in 2015.

Overall the awards were a great chance to see what else is going on in the ACT writing world. I am constantly amazed by the amount of quality writing floating around this little state. It’s great to be part of such a word happy community!

You can see the winners for all the awards over at Capital Letters, the ACT Writers Centre blog.


Shortlisted for the 2014 Michael Thwaites Poetry Award

I was pleasantly surprised the other day to find out my poem Jack and Jill has been shortlisted for the 2014 Michael Thwaites Poetry Award.

It’s been a while since I have written new poetry, so having this news pop into my inbox, as well as having some poems recently appear in the inaugural issue of The Grapple Annual, I feel like it might be time to pick up my poetry pen once again.

The Michael Thwaites Poetry Award is just one of a number of nods given by the ACT Writers Centre at their annual Writing and Publishing Awards. Other awards include the Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award and various ACT Publishing Awards.

All the winners will be announced at the ACT Writers Centre Christmas Party on Tuesday 16 December. I’ll be there!