The results had been in for quite a while from our honorary judge, Peter Matheson, and the AGM was well attended by the writers hoping to hear their names called out by our Life Member and Founding President Anne Holgate.
Well, it was almost well attended. Except the winner of the 6th Prize somehow slipped through the net and is currently in Greece. Rosemary Nisted won 6th Prize with her short story, 'The Dancer'. Mmm, Greece or Nambucca Entertainment Centre? I know which option I would be choosing.
Thankfully the photo opportunities got better from there.
Our soon-t0-be-famous fantasy author, Robyn Aiken, took out 5th prize with a short story called 'The Final Entry'
4th Prize was taken out by a very surprised Christeen Kaluaat with a short story called 'Bridie Turns Eighteen'. Christeen is our international member from Vanuatu. (Mmm, Nambucca Heads or Vanuatu? - now that's a tough one!)
Our judge had a dilemma when awarding third prize and ended up awarding two equal 3rd prizes.
Michelle Worley was one of the 3rd prize winners with her short story 'Till Death do us Part'.
And Marilyn Pearson also scored 3rd prize with her story 'Another New Beginning'. Incidentally, Marilyn is soon off to her own new beginning when she moves to Adelaide, and we will miss her.
By this stage, anticipation was running very high. Our treasurer Sue McKinley took out 2nd prize with her story 'Remember Joe'.
And finally first prize went to our Prez, Carrolline Rhodes for the short story trophies.
Here Carrolline shows off her certificate....
and is the very proud (and deserving) keeper of the trophy for the next year.
Congratulations to everyone! Now I've got some reading to do.
Ironically, after this wonderful celebration of good writing, we went on to read our homework exercise of bad writing. Some of the readings had the room laughing very loudly (amazing what a well-turned cliche can do) and will definitely appear in our anthology.