In 2021 the judges have read their way through 115 creative fiction stories from talented Peninsula storytellers.

Councillor Despi O’Connor together with esteemed writers authors Danielle Binks, Garry Disher and Paul Kennedy made up the judging panel and enjoyed stories of hope, heartbreak, humour and happiness.

18+ years

The winner is:
Due South by Rebecca Fraser, Mount Martha

Awarded $1000 in prize money, Mornington Peninsula bookstore vouchers and a two-week Police Point Artist Residency.

Our judges described this piece as:

“Brilliant! What pace and cracking telling, this author is absolutely a natural storyteller and we predict great, epic sagas in their future. This is quite possibly the next great Australian novel!”

Download: Due South by Rebecca Fraser

The highly commended award goes to:
Close to Home by Deline Skinner, Somers

Awarded Mornington Peninsula bookstore vouchers.

Our judges described this piece as:

“A beautiful musing on the need to get out of our own heads and roam, explore, conquer and wander near and far. Our judges loved the imagery and scene-setting, and the fleeting but precise language that evokes far-flung exploration in its many forms.”

Download: Close to Home by Deline Skinner

12 - 17 years

The winner is:
Untitled (the story of Jake) by Maddy Macdonald, Rye

Awarded $500 in prize money and Mornington Peninsula bookstore vouchers.

Our judges described this piece as:

“Deeply moved by the heart on the page –intensely underlying emptions in this writing, a powerful, potent and gut-punching piece.”

Download: Untitled (the story of Jake) by Maddy Macdonald

The highly commended award goes to:
Untitled (the story of Eleanor) by Amira Lees, Somerville

Awarded Mornington Peninsula bookstore vouchers.

Our judges described this piece as:

“A tale full of heart and sweet, powerful messaging. A touching story of grief and friendship, with compelling setting as a powerful character too.”

Download: Untitled (the story of Eleanor) by Amira Lees

8 - 12 years

The winner is:
Running with the wolves by Chloe Brigden, Mornington

Awarded $500 in prize money and Mornington Peninsula bookstore vouchers.

Our judges described this piece as:

‘A great example of setting becoming a character unto itself. Impressive insight, language and sentence structures - so very clever and a unique character point-of-view!”

Download: Running with the wolves by Chloe Brigden

Our highly commended entrant is:
In My Wildest Dreams by Gracie Medlicott, Mount Eliza

Awarded Mornington Peninsula bookstore vouchers.

Our judges described this piece as:

“A fantastic and fantastical tale with a twist-ending that makes us want to keep reading and hope that the dream bleeds more into reality and keeps repeating! Superb descriptive metaphors similes great openers.”

Download: In My Wildest Dreams by Gracie Medlicott