Castlemaine Word Mine Creative Nonfiction Competition announcement of winners.

The winners of the Creative Nonfiction competition were announced Wednesday night, October 14, at the Castlemaine Word Mine room. The competition was judged, and the awards presented, by Elly Varrenti, who has worked across the arts, media and education industries for the past twenty-five years.

In her introductory remarks Elly commented on the commonality of topic pursued in the memoir-style entries, that of personal experiences around hospitals in the event of injury and prolonged illness. It was the entries which used those experiences to explore universal themes of living and dying which ultimately won her over.

First prize, a cheque for $250, was awarded to Kate Lawrence for her entry Big Round Hours and an Ocean Wide Life. Second prize, a cheque for $100, was awarded to Deborah Coulthard for Father’s End. Third prize, a cheque for $75, was awarded to Christopher Bryant for On Being Hit by a Car in Berlin.

Kate Lawrence’s reading of her prize-winning entry was elegant and generous and very much appreciated by those in attendance.

Castlemaine Word Mine congratulates the winners and all entrants for making this event such a success.

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