Win­ning en­tries an­nounced

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Madeleine Cac­cian­iga

Un­der the pen name of Tom Collins, Joseph Fur­phy wrote a num­ber of books and ar­ti­cles, leav­ing his best known work Such is Life to con­tinue his legacy known as the Joseph Fur­phy Com­mem­o­ra­tive Lit­er­ary Prize.

In its 26th year, the lit­er­ary prize was an­nounced on Sun­day.

Goul­burn Val­ley Li­braries se­nior projects li­brar­ian Jan Sut­ton said the short-listed and win­ning en­tries had been printed and were avail­able to bor­row from the li­brary.

‘‘We were very pleased to­day to present the short-listed and the win­ners for the 2018 Joseph Fur­phy Com­mem­o­ra­tive Lit­er­ary Prize,’’ Ms Sut­ton said.

The youth sec­tion for po­etry en­trants up to 18 years of age was awarded to Ri­ley Wooster, tak­ing home a prize of $75.

The open sec­tion for po­etry was awarded to Lean­neWicks, car­ry­ing out a prize of $150 for her poem of up to 40 lines.

The ju­nior sec­tion for en­trants up to 12 years of age was awarded to Jay­den Lamb and Emily Davies this year for their sto­ries up to 2000 words.

‘‘It’s quite un­usual, but the judge felt they were just two such very good sto­ries that she awarded two ju­nior short sto­ries this year,’’ Ms Sut­ton said.

The youth sec­tion, for en­trants 13 to 18 years of age, was awarded to Grace San­dlers tak­ing home a prize of $100 for her story within 3000 words.

The open sec­tion prize was awarded to Mar­garet Guppy for her short story within a max­i­mum word limit of 3500.

Ms Sut­ton said the prize money ev­ery year was gen­er­ously do­nated by the Fur­phy Foundry and ex­pressed her thanks to all five judges who do­nated their time to sup­port the event.

Rapt: Jay­den Lamb, Mar­garet Guppy, Emily Davies, Grace San­dlers, Ri­ley Wooster are all win­ners at the Joseph Fur­phy Com­mem­o­ra­tive Lit­er­ary Prize an­nounce­ment. Pic­ture: Madeleine Cac­cian­iga

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