Port Stephens Literature Awards 2018 results



IT’S been run and won.

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The Port Stephens Literature Awards this year had some fabulous entries. The judges had a hard time scoring, but they all used their tried and true methods News Of The Area were told.

Each entry is read by a First Stage reading panel.

This panel is comprised of men and women from a variety of backgrounds.

The Panel then meet with the Awards Coordinator in a “round table” discussion.

Each story is voted on.

The top 20 go through to the next level judging.

This level is comprised of 3 judges from professional backgrounds.

These Judges independently score the stories and a ranking is determined.

All stories are read as anonymous documents where the only person to know who has submitted a story is the Awards Coordinator (who isn’t a Judge).

Awards Coordinator, Sue Hamilton said. “We believe that this is the fairest system available to us and it has been used for well over 15 years.”

Ms Hamilton said, “Thank you for the support of the News Of The Area along with our other sponsors, Port Stephens Council, Club Lemon Tree and Tilligerry Adult & Community Education Inc. We hope you all enter again in 2019.”

RESULTS for 2018:


Port Stephens Council Award – $500

“The Second Santa”                            Janeen Samuel                   Morgiana                               VIC


Club Lemon Tree Award – $300

“View Across the River”                      Bill Bean                                Tomerong                             NSW


News Of The Area Award – tied $75 each

“The Child”                                           Freya Cox                             Kingston                                TAS

“Veteran”                                               Ray Keipert                           Tea Gardens                        NSW


Tilligerry.com Award -$50

“Rebirth”                                                Phil Murray                          Nelson Bay                           NSW


Most Highly Commended ($25) in order

“The Cove”                                            Natalie Parsons-Clair         Wyee                     NSW 

“What Really Matters”                         Kath Cridland                       Shoal Bay                             NSW

“Winged Victory”                                  Malcom King                        South Durras                        NSW

“All Over By Christmas”                      Colleen Russell                   Avalon Beach                       NSW


Highly Commended (in order)

“Solace in the Silence”                       Laura Byrne                          Chatsworth                           QLD

“The Lesson”                                        Barry Riley                            Woy Woy                               NSW

“Just a Typical Day, or Was It?”        Jan Johnson-Furness         Tea Gardens                        NSW

“The Parcel”                                          Irene Wolczak                      Salamander Bay                                 NSW

“Rebirth”                                                Phil Murray                           Nelson Bay                           NSW

“Tracy, You Bitch”                                Beverly Smith                       Shelly                                     WA


Commended (in order)

“Desperate”                                          Garry Hurle                           Calulu                                    NSW

“Queen of Arts”                                    Elizabeth Macintosh           Coonabarabran                   NSW

“Sonia`s Surprise”                               Reg James                           Turramurra                           NSW

“Journeys of No Return”                     Phil Murray                          Nelson Bay                           NSW

“Changing Tracks”                              Laura Byrne                         Chatsworth                           QLD

“You Likee?”                                        Reg James                           Turramurra                           NSW



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