The verdict is in . . .

The Long Way Home writing competition – the verdict is in. We had a fabulous bunch of poignant, hopeful and quirky stories to read. A few made us pause while they gestured quietly to something deep and ineffable. They are the winners.

Maggie McDade wins the open section for her story ‘Neighbour.’ Grafton High School’s Nadia Smith wins the high school section. Aidan Menzies (also Grafton High) is highly commended. Jacquiline Diaz, who is home schooled, is highly commended. The winner of the primary school section is Evie Rae from Gulmarrad Public School. Highly commended for their stories are Oscar Woods from Grafton Public, Alyssa Dixon from Tucabia Public, and Locklen Baker from Harwood Public.

Congratulations to all!

The judges were Roweena Shakespeare and Jacqui Hinshaw of Clarence Regional Library, Janelle Brown, Ilana Kaplin, Kathryn Goldie and Claire Aman.

The stories, along with shortlisted stories, will be published in November in The Long Way Home’s new collection: Stories from the Clarence Valley 2022 – Let Go.

The Long Way Home is a community project, open to anyone with a connection to the Clarence Valley. We don’t get paid or make a profit, so we’re grateful for the generous support of South Grafton Community Bank, and also First National Real Estate Yamba. We thank Grafton Book Warehouse for their support.

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