Whitaker the winner
Senior winners with comments by chief judge, Dunedin based novelist and creative writing tutor Diane Brown:
Sparrow’s Eggs, by Alan Whitaker, of Alexandra: A simple premise, a boy of eight, climbing a tree in search of sparrow’s eggs. All is not as it seems. It is an evocative and moving portrayal of youth and old age, the past and the present. It has a controversial last line, and is a worthy winner.
More Mountains, by Zora Thomas, of Queenstown: Set in America, this story has a somewhat mysterious and elusive quality to it. From the start, I thought the writing was accomplished and had an acute sense of place. I simply loved it and wanted to know more.
Pukeko Stew, by Wendy Clarke, of Arrowtown: Pukeko Stew is an amusing story set in a more innocent time in Southland, which puts me off the idea of ever eating pukeko. The child’s portrayal of the mother’s fury and subsequent retreat to bed is coolly observant.
Old Man Range, by Jillian Sullivan, of Oturehua; The Plan, by Christopher Horan, of Wanaka; Sunday Best, by Poppie Johnson, of Queenstown
Holmes, by Russell Garbutt; Freedom, by Neil Scotts; A Cup of Tea; The way you looked tonight, by Michelle Hesketh; First and Last Word, by Matthew Hawke; Late Summer Fishing, by Mylrea Bell; Boys, by Elliott Betito; Luggate’s Gold, by Jenny Moss.