Winners announced – Strange Days

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The inaugural Moonee Valley Libraries writing award launched this year, to the theme of Strange Days. We received 200 entries from writers all over Victoria.

The judging panel read all entries anonymously and were highly impressed by the quality and creativity of the writing. A shortlist of 10 was passed on to our guest judge, beloved author and Moonee Valley local Helen Garner.

Congratulations to the award winners:

FIRST PLACE: Spell for a Skin by Rijn Collins

SECOND PLACE: Learning to Light Fires by Maria Griffin

THIRD PLACE: Life Buoy by Anna Sublet


Katherine Brabon, Writing a Woman in Lockdown

Zara Gunadson, The Days In Between

Violet Kieu, Grit, Grace and Groundedness

Elizabeth Quinn, Strange Days

Jenny Sandercombe, When Night Turns

Nova Weetman, And Cat Makes Four

Palwesha Yusaf, Single File

Thank you to every single writer who shared their work with us, and to Helen Garner for kindly offering her time and expertise.

Read the winning and shortlisted entries, along with Helen’s comments, here.