Winning Reef Writers unveiled
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.
Impressed by entries: Pablo Freeman