Results of the 2021 Long Way Home Competition

It’s always difficult to choose winners. We swam through a wonderful sea of stories. But here are the finest entries from the 2021 Long Way Home competition. Congratulations!

Open section winner

Kathryn Goldie, for ‘North’ ($100 cash prize).

High School section winner

Kiera Banfield, Year 7, Grafton High School for ‘Look Up’ ($70 book voucher).

Primary School section winner

Lucy Smith, Year 5, Gulmarrad Public School, for ‘Look Up’ ($50 book voucher).

Primary School section highly commended

Theo Symons, Year 3, Grafton Public School, for ‘Figtree Avenue’ ($20 book voucher).

Cedriarna Daley, Year 2, Baryulgil Public School, for ‘Look Up’ ($20 book voucher).

Grace Jeffery, Year 6, Yamba Public School, for ‘Look Up Little Magpie’ ($20 book voucher).

Stories From The Clarence Valley 2021 – Look Up will be published in late November, with all of the shortlisted stories. Authors, you will receive a free copy, and we’ll contact you with details of the book launch. Keep your eye on The Long Way Home’s website and facebook page.  Copies will be on sale at the launch, as well as Grafton Book Warehouse, South Grafton News and Gifts, and The Nook in Yamba.

Thanks to South Grafton Community Bank, Big River Timbers and Grafton Book Warehouse for helping The Long Way Home this year. A huge thanks to everyone who wrote a story, and thanks to anyone who encouraged someone to write. You enrich the world. Don’t forget to look up.

The Long Way Home Team

Long Way Home writers on writing

Stephanie Haines, Tommy Welham, Jackie Samms and Nadia Smith in conversation with Claire Aman at Grafton Library

Stories from the Clarence Valley, 2020 – Land/marks. This totally homegrown book features outstanding entries from the Long Way Home Writing Competition 2020. The best part about this project is seeing the writers (and their friends and family) finding their story in the book and seeing their name in print. Congratulations to you all! For those who are new to this project, it’s run 100% by volunteers. It’s a love project to encourage and celebrate storytelling in the Clarence Valley. Proceeds from the book pay for a new book to be published the following year. Thanks for all your support!

2020 – the year that is.

In these times, writing is becoming more and more necessary. We need to observe, imagine, remember, connect. Our stories are warnings and celebrations. All our lives, what we remember are stories. In the future, that’s how people will know about us.

This small, local, independent writing project grows more writers each year. People who don’t know they can write, become writers. Writers of all ages become published authors. Together we’re putting the Clarence Valley on the writing map.

Best wishes everyone

Claire Aman and Erin Brady

The Long Way Home