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THE NORMAN MCVICKER LITERARY AWARDS 2018…..JUDGES’ REPORT.

To all present and future contestants—-please read the following comments as constructive criticism. They are meant to support your efforts to submit worthy entries into written competitions.

  1. ADHERE to CRITERIA as stated on information and entry forms, otherwise your work won’t be received by the judges. Word counts, double spacing, one side of paper, page numbers, no indication of Author’s name, titles etc mean what they say and cannot be ignored when preparing your entry.
  2. A competition such as this is not for first drafts. You need to proof read and edit thoroughly with help of teachers or someone who can assist, until your work is ready for publication. Judges need to be impressed by your desire to win. Errors in Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation, Structure and “typo’s” lose marks and detract from the appeal of the presentation of your work. Polish your gem until it shines brighter than the rest. A prestigious competition such as this one where thousands of dollars are on offer, demands quality of technical structure and content if it is to be competitive.

The winning story was a standout for each judge, being so well crafted with exceptional imagery such as “ a forgotten memory dredged its way up from the fathoms of my subconscious” and “unread papers still rolled tight, fought for space amidst discarded rubbish”. It was readily apparent that the author is a gifted writer, able to tell a moving story with control of language, free of faults throughout. Congratulations to Number 19, “Two Sides to Every Coin”.

We awarded First, Second, Third places, 2x Highly Commended and 2x Commended from the 61 entries.

The Poetry section had fewer entries and seemed to be the more difficult genre to handle. Traditional Rhyme is easy to read but challenging to write as it needs an understanding and control of rhythm through the cadence achieved with soft/hard syllable count and consistent structure of each verse. Free verse also needs to show control and flow of lines in a meaningful, connected work. It is not an opportunity to contrive language or abandon standards and hope the reader gets the message. Crudity and/or plagiarism are not acceptable.

The winning poem is still a work in progress and hopefully the writer will revisit it in time to improve the structure.

Congratulations to Number 17, “My Home”. We awarded First, Second, Third places, 1x Highly Commended and 3x Commended from the 38 entries.

Thank you to all entrants. Keep writing and striving for a judge’s recognition of excellence.

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2018 Norman McVicker Youth Literary Award Results

 Winning entries Prose Section

1st

Brittany Doolan,   Coonabarabran

Two Sides to Every Coin

 

2nd

Yehezq’El Schuster ,  Gin Gin

Battle of the Innocent 

 

3rd

Kodi Sawtell ,  Coochin

Her Name is Hope

Highly Commended

Tessa Quinlan,  West Wodonga

Loyalty Above All

 

Grace Wallin,   Kallangur

I Will Ride

Commended

Alexa Trochatos,   Lenah Valley

Weaving Life

 

Cassandra Nguyen,  Hinchinbrook

The King


Winning entries Poetry Section

1st

Brittany Doolan,   Coonabarabran

My Home 

 

2nd

Rachel Goodwin,   Thurgoona

Tall Bluey 

 

3rd

Grace Matthews,   Banora Point

A Memoir of a Stolen Boy

Highly Commended

Bailey Keay,   Kingscliff

The Rebellion

Commended

Elsa Beinssen-Henry ,  West Hobart

Christmas Cards

 

Levi Siu,   Carlingford

Titanic

 

Emma Reitano,   Innisfail

A World Depicted in a Bird’s Eye

Norman McVicker Youth Literary Award 2016

 Competition Results

Prose

 

1st     Welcome Home Freya Cox TAS

2nd     The Man With the Voice Like A River Daisy Andrews NSW

3rd     On My Own Terms Freya Cox TAS

H/C   Behind A Barbed Wire Fence Brynnie Rafe VIC

H/C   The Best Laid Plans Brittany Doolan NSW

H/C   The Price of Liberty Freya Cox TAS

C       Walls Michaela Rowe ACT

C       Always Margie Sophie Eldridge SA

C       Multiple Neuroses Alexandra Elgue ACT

C       Variation on an Ancient Tale Clare Yan-yu Pryor NSW

C       Clocks and Bombs Lizzie Hughes ACT

 

Poetry

1st       Painting the World Freya Cox TAS

2nd     Harmony Celine Ng WA

3rd     If All the World’s A Stage Freya Cox TAS

H/C   Villiers Lane Brooke Murray NSW

C       I Am Rain Brynnie Rafe VIC

C       To Be A Doll Grace Jin SA

C       Where the Coolibahs Grow Rachel Goodwin NSW

C       The Bushfire Alexandra Elgue ACT