Win­ning Reef Writ­ers un­veiled

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE ver­dict is in and Moss­man’s Marise Lay­butt has weaved her magic with the pen to be de­clared this year’s win­ner of the Gazette/ Reef Writ­ers short story com­pe­ti­tion.

The 84-year-old word­smith won the com­pe­ti­tion for the sec­ond time with her short story You Can’t Be Too Care­ful.

Speak­ing through her hus­band, Bob, as she came out of hos­pi­tal on Mon­day, she said she was thrilled to win.

“Writ­ing is some­thing that I thor­oughly en­joy and it helps to keep my mind ac­tive and it’s nice get­ting to­gether with other writ­ers to swap ideas too,” she said.

You Can’t Be Too Care­ful is a fan­tas­tic tale of a rob­ber wear­ing a bal­a­clava and be­ing dis­cov­ered in a house by its el­derly owner who, af­ter in­tro­duc­tions, tells the rob­ber how his “mis­sus had died” and of­fers him a cuppa as there is ab­so­lutely noth­ing in the home worth steal­ing.

Or­gan­iser Pablo Free­man said there were al­most 30 en­tries in the open short story com­pe­ti­tion this year and the stan­dard was par­tic­u­larly good.

“I am very pleased with the writ­ers and hope they come up with some more great yarns for next year. I would also in­vite any new writ­ers to put for­ward their works for next year too,” Mr Free­man said.

The run­ner-up in the open short story com­pe­ti­tion was San­dra Re­ichl from the Dain­tree with her story Search For Kind.

In the open po­etry sec­tion Dave De­lany won with his piece On The Wal­laby with the run­ner-up He­len Ramout­saki with Flut­ter­ings.

In the ju­nior short story sec­tion the win­ner was Fran­cis Sta. Maria with Hack­ing Me.

The run­ner-up was Ni­coleAn­gelique Tor­res with Fol­lowed.

In the ju­nior po­etry sec­tion the win­ner was Lauren Senini with her work A Pause In The Com­mo­tion.

The run­ner-up was Ni­coleAn­gelique Tor­res with An Ant Is Sleep­ing.

All the win­ners each re­ceive a $100 voucher and the run­ner­sup a $30 voucher from ma­jor spon­sor While­away Book­store.

See pages 24-25 of to­day’s Gazette for the win­ning en­tries.

Photo by MAR­TINE COTTON

Im­pressed by en­tries: Pablo Free­man

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