2020 Long Way Home Short Story Competition winners

Congratulations!

OPEN CATEGORY WINNER – TOMMY WELHAM, NYMBOIDA

HIGH SCHOOL WINNER – JACQUELINE SAMMS, MCAULEY

HIGH SCHOOL 2ND – HARMONY ROSE SWAIN-DAVIES, MCAULEY

HIGH SCHOOL 3RD – RYDER GORRING, GRAFTON HIGH

PRIMARY SCHOOL WINNER – LUCINDA RYDER, ST MARY’S GRAFTON

PRIMARY SCHOOL 2ND – NINA BIBBY, WOOLI PUBLIC

PRIMARY SCHOOL 3RD – POPPY ROSS, GRAFTON PUBLIC

Tommy Welham

Below: Harmony Swain-Davies (left) and Jacqueline Samms (right); Ryder Gorring, Nina Bibby; poppy Ross with The Long Way Home’s Claire Aman

View the 2020 shortlist below. All shortlisted stories will be published in Stories from the Clarence Valley 202 . Congratulations to all!

Gaye Sprenglewski – Chocolate Soldier

Kylie Fennell – Finding Home

Jo Parry – Letters to my Love

Corrie Hayes – Our Local Paper

Caitlin Annesley – The Chair

Stephanie Haines – Pinnacles

Cathy Callaghan – The Memory of Trees

John Coleman – The Obelisk

Norm Mjadwesch – Tough as Nails

Tommy Welham – Watermarks

High school shortlist

Ryder Gorring, Grafton High, The Fig
Alizandra McPherson, McAuley, Distant Times
Savannah Cheney, McAuley, The Last Breath
Harmony Rose Swain-Davies, McAuley, The Art of Eye Contact
Jasmine Chellew, McAuley, Memories
Corey Newbold, McAuley, A 2020 Prison
Jacqueline Samms, McAuley, Mother Nature
Jordyn Keefe, Grafton High, The Accident That Changed my Life
Elisha Gavin, McAuley, Confined to What Was Left
Melissa Meier, McAuley, Flying
Lotte Pereira, Grafton High, The Women’s Land
Laura Hoade, McAuley, An Adventure at Mann River
Eva New, Maclean High, Destruction

Primary school shortlist

Miller Greenaway, St James Yamba, Alone in a Fire
Lachlan Passmore, Grafton Public, An Ant’s Travelling
Ellie Grace White, St James Yamba, A Seashell Story
Libby and Liza Robinson, Baryulgil Public, Babun Balun
Levi McInerney, Glenreagh Public, Bob and the Eiffel Tower
Taya Murphy, St James Yamba, Breathe
Tayah Cole, St James Yamba, Bunyip Creek
Lucinda Ryder, St Marys Grafton, Burnt History
Alanah Pitt, St Marys Grafton, Bushfires
Finn Brossman, St James Yamba, Christmas Day
Elsie Stewart, Grafton Public, Colosseum
Lani Cole, St James Yamba, Drifting
Poppy Ross, Grafton Public, Exploring Peters Ice-cream Factory
Taylor Joyce, Grafton Public, Freedom
Millie Day, St James Yamba, Just Like That
Nina Bibby, Wooli Public, Once Upon a Colourful Canvas
Kane Patricks, St Marys Grafton, Pippi Beach
Jack Cheney, St Marys Grafton, Sandon River
Beau Edwards, St James Yamba, Sideline
Oliver Bolch, Nymboida Public, Sydney Opera House!
Ivy Hiatt, St Marys Grafton, The Beach
Miwanyo Afi Jongen Tsey, Nymboida Public, The Cave
Clementine Eaton, Grafton Public, The Jump
Annalese McKee, St Marys Grafton, The Lighthouse
Grace Finnegan, St James Yamba, The Monstrous Fire
Elly Day, St James Yamba, The Paperbark Tree
Ahlia Hartley, Nymboida Public, The Wild Brumby
Damien Preston, Tucabia Public, Wild Pigs,

Thanks to everyone who entered a story. This year we received more stories than ever. We were surprised, considering what a year it has been. The quality of writing was very high. So many stories were so close to making the short list, but we could only take ten.We really encourage you all to keep writing, reading, telling stories.

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