Finalists have been announced for the 2014 NT Literary Awards and 2014 Territory Read Awards, which celebrate the achievements of authors across the Northern Territory. Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony to be held on 29 May, as part of the WordStorm Writers Festival opening night festivities.
A record 432 entries were received this year for the NT Literary Awards, which recognises unpublished works in six categories including, poetry, essays, short stories, travel writing, theatre scripts and youth. The Territory Read Award, recognising published works, received 21 entries.
Principal Partner of the annual NT Literary Awards, Charles Darwin University’s Professor Martin Jarvis, said he is delighted with the high standard of writing in the Territory.
“The judges have had a particularly challenging task this year with the record number of entries and the high calibre of the works presented,” Professor Jarvis said.
“Of particular note is the outstanding range and number of works, 10 in total, that are finalist in the Kath Manzie’s Youth Award and the strong showing in the Brown’s Mart Theatre Award with three scripts making the finals,” Professor Jarvis said.
“I look forward to meeting the finalists at the Awards night later this month and joining with the other sponsors in congratulating the winners in each category.”
Winners of the 2014 Territory Read Awards will also be announced, including the Chief Minister’s Book of the Year Award, Children’s Literature/Young Adult Fiction Award and Non-Fiction Book Award.
An initiative of the NT Writers Centre and Executive Director, Panos Couros, says the Territory Read Awards recognise the extraordinary accomplishment of NT authors in having their work published.
“Shortlisted finalists are all to be congratulated on their outstanding achievement,” said Mr Couros.
“In particular we would like to acknowledge the Chief Minister’s Book of the Year Award finalists, who are all from Alice Springs, which demonstrates the very high standard of work being produced in Central Australia.”
Winners in the 2014 NT Literary Awards and Territory Read Awards will be announced at a special event the NT Library, Parliament House at 5:00pm, Thursday 29 May. This free event is the first event on the exciting 2014 WordStorm Writers Festival program, which runs from Thursday 29 May to Sunday 1 June. See www.wordstorm.org.au for further information and bookings.
Shortlisted Finalists for 2014 NT Literary Awards
ZipPrint Short Story Award:
|Dark water||Natalie Sprite|
|Wai im laik det?||Lolla Stewart|
|The Tunnel||Geoffrey Collins|
|357||Kerry Anne Taylor|
|King Tide||Karen Manton|
|Tread softly||Sue Fielding|
|Night Fallen||Kaye Aldenhoven|
|I love my dogs||Kaye Aldenhoven|
|Previously reported missing||Barbara Eather|
Charles Darwin University Travel Short Story Award:
|Arnhem Highway||Josephine Smiley|
|Great Wall bad idea||Barbara Eather|
|The banker of Com||Kaye Aldenhoven|
|Africa baby||Fiona Black|
|The first dance||Jennifer Pinkerton|
Charles Darwin University Essay Award:
|The myth of government cover-up in the first Darwin raids||Dr Tom Lewis|
|Closing the ‘institutions gap’ in mining operations on Indigenous lands||Lauren Wapling|
|A critical examination of a crime prevention program
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Kath Manzie Youth Award:
|Family climb||Ashleigh Abram|
|Climate change||Kierra-Jay Power|
|The earth||Kierra-Jay Power|
|Sticks and stones||Morgan Gurry|
|Destroyed beauty||Caitlin Salter|
|Worth fighting for||Arlya Tuckey|
|Tragedy of the Tokyo trip||Skye Lavelle|
|Memoir, my little bird||Luciana Susanto|
|Old man Charles||Lotus Kelly|
Browns Mart Theatre Award:
|Broken||Mary Anne Butler|
|To the end of reckoning||Samantha Young|