Brimbank writers are winners!
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Brimbank Short Story, Poetry and Songwriting Competition, and a big thank you to everyone who submitted an entry.
The winners of the Brimbank Writers Awards were announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 15 September, marking the end of the 2014 Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival.
Twenty-one finalists were presented with their certificates and prizes at the awards ceremony held at the Visy Cares Hub in Sunshine.
The winners share in more than $3,500 in prizes and are:
- Adult Short Story - 1st Prize - Christine Mackley for ‘Not Enough’
- Adult Poetry - 1st Prize - Robert Conlon for ‘These Streets’
- ESL - 1st Prize - Nethmi Vidanagama for ‘Paper Plane’
- Teenage Short Story - 1st Prize - Keleyna Amber Nocom for ‘Forgetful’
- Teenage Poetry - 1st Prize - Gina Cerasiotis for her poem ‘‘If You Love A Boy’.
- Songwriting - 1st Prize - Benjamin Trillado for ‘Table for Two’
- Children's Open Category - 1st Prize - Himaja Wijesinghe for ‘Once in a Blue Moon’
This year the Writers Awards received 320 entries, with many more attending the Awards workshops. Once again this popular competition has played a role in illuminating some outstanding writing talents of those who live, work or study in Brimbank.
We hope this recognition will help support the award winners to continue writing creatively and expressing themselves.
In the nine years since these awards were first launched, the awards have highlighted the talents, experiences and inspirations of hundreds of Brimbank locals.
The 2014 Writers Awards judges were John Weldon (Adult Short Story and ESL Category), Bec Kavanagh (Children's Category and Teen Short Story), Emilie Zoey-Baker (Poetry), and Charles Jenkins (Songwriting).
The Brimbank Writers Awards were part of the popular Brimbank Readers and Writers Festival that hosted 16 events across Brimbank for adults, teenagers and children from 4-15 September, drawing approximately 660 people.
The 2014 Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival was presented by Brimbank City Council with support from sponsors, including major sponsor Victoria University.