Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize 2017

 ‘World-Changing Words’


We announced the winners of the Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize at our 2017 Festival Launch. Both winning stories will be published in Mascara Literary Review. The winners were:

2nd Prize ($200): ‘My Famiglia and Other Pigs’ – Georgia Manuela Delgado

1st Prize ($1000): ‘No Dams’ – Kathy Sharpe


We will be sharing the stories in the coming weeks, once they are published in Mascara Review. Congratulations to the winners and shortlistees, and thanks to everyone who submitted their work!


2017 Short Story Prize Shortlist:

Kathy Sharpe – ‘No Dams’

I live in Nowra and am a graduate of the University of Wollongong’s Master of Arts in Creative Writing. I have worked in regional newspapers for 23 years and love to write about contemporary Australian life, often set within the enclosed world of small, rural towns. I have twice been awarded a Varuna residency and have also been selected for the Hachette QWC Writers’ Centre Manuscript Development Program.


Tess Barber – ‘Twenty Fifty-Three’

Tess Barber is a Sydney-based writer studying a PhD in Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong. Her research studies notions of nature and environment in science and speculative fictions (SF), with a focus on Australian SF. The research includes a SF novel: Maybe revolution is too strong a word but…


Georgia Manuela Delgado – ‘My Familia and Other Pigs’

Georgia Manuela Delgado is a writer currently based in Sydney with a Portuguese mother. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Sydney.



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