Whi­taker the win­ner

Central Otago Mirror - - CELEBRATING OUR WRITING TALENT - First place ($500 cash, $250 New World voucher): Sec­ond place ($150 New World voucher): Third place ($100 New World voucher): Highly Com­mended: Com­mended:

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.


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