The results for 2019 The Long Way Home short story competition open section are here!

With all of the fires burning across the region we think it’s time for some good news! The results for The Long Way Home short story competition open section are at the bottom of this email. Quick. Scroll down, then come back up and see what that means. 

We’ve unearthed some exciting writing, including stories that didn’t make the shortlist. Telling a story needs courage, imagination and effort, and we take our hats off to all the people who entered a story this year. We had some very original takes on the theme To the Island.

Congratulations to the 12 writers below! You’ll be published in our book, ‘Stories from the Clarence Valley 2019’. The book will be launched in November. We’ll let you know details closer to the date. We’re in the thick of editing the book right now.  

Plus we still need to announce our top three stories for 2019 in October. The suspense continues.

But wait, there’s more. We’re going to read the shortlisted stories live at Grafton Regional Art Gallery over a few Sunday afternoons in October as part of the 53 Islands Festival. We’ll  let you know when the readings will take place as soon we have dates locked in. It’ll be like an audio book, but live.

Every story we received had something magical about it. So be proud, keep writing, keep reading and telling stories. We hope you’ll all be back in 2020! We also can’t wait to share our book, ‘Stories from the Clarence Valley 2019’ with you, just in time for Christmas.

Bruce ‘Fed’ McPherson – The Big Green Wave

Kylie Fennell – Fantasy iLand

Stephanie Haines – The Recovery

Cathy Callaghan – One Last Dream

Norman Mjadwesch – Munro Neverland

The Yaegl people, told by Uncle Ron Heron – Splitting the Storm

Gaye Sprenglewski – Under the Sun

Sarah McKenzie – Island Girl Unwritten

Karla Hubbard – Single Scull

Graeme Murdoch – Bec

Robyn Hosking – Here’s to the Island

E L Short – Letters to the Editor

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