Read our $5000 short story win­ner

EX­PLOR­ING THE THEME ‘LIGHT’, THE 2017 WIN­NER OF COUN­TRY STYLE’S $5000 SHORT STORY PRIZE IS A MOV­ING TALE OF EMERG­ING FROM A DARK PLACE.

Country Style - - CONTENTS - WORDS LISA HOPPE

For win­ning writer

Suzan­nah Church­man, the short story is a new form of writ­ing she is en­joy­ing af­ter work­ing on nov­els that she took a seven-year break from while look­ing af­ter her three young chil­dren. “My sto­ries ex­plore be­long­ing and peo­ple’s con­nec­tions to the land­scape,” she says. The Hid­den Light was in­spired by a visit to Kan­ga­roo Is­land in South Aus­tralia a few years ago. Suzan­nah was struck by the wild­ness of the land­forms and the amaz­ing light there. “As we tore down the dirt track to the light­house — hang­ing on to the door han­dles — I felt the seed of a story form­ing in my head that wouldn’t go away. I feel priv­i­leged I even­tu­ally got to share it.” Suzan­nah, who lives in Perth, says that she is “truly hum­bled” to win in, what is, her first-ever short story con­test. “I hope this com­pe­ti­tion con­tin­ues to en­cour­age women to pick up their cre­ativ­ity wher­ever they left it be­fore life in­ter­vened,” she says. The run­ner-up is Is­abelle Miller, 25, with her story The Bush Hut. When she was a young girl, Is­abelle’s best friend’s mother had a trail-rid­ing school. Is­abelle and her friend would ride their horses up into the moun­tains, where there was a lit­tle bush hut they would stay in. The ex­pe­ri­ence be­came the in­spi­ra­tion for her story. Is­abelle likes writ­ing pieces that are about empowerment and finds lots of in­spi­ra­tion every day in the women who come into the Black Sheep, a café she runs with her part­ner in the coun­try town of Cor­ry­ong, Vic­to­ria.

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