Last month I had some very welcome news in what has been a weird and unsettled time: a short story I wrote was shortlisted for an award!
I started writing my short story “Metronomy” during the 2018 Daylesford Freefall Writing Workshop, and last month I found out it had been shortlisted for the 2020 Apollo Bay WordFest Short Story Award. This is a real honour and represents the first time that my work has been shortlisted for an award.
Apollo Bay WordFest is an annual literary event held on the last weekend of July. To quote their website:
“You’d usually find us gathering in Apollo Bay’s Mech Hall on the last weekend in July, keeping warm in mid-winter with steaming cups, hot baked goods, the company of friends, and some of the finest words the country is offering up for the year. COVID-19 has brought Plan A to a gnarly end…but if a phoenix can rise from the ashes, so too can the bay of Apollo. We’re going digital to keep us together and keep books & writing still coming to you”
Congratulations to Natalie Vella for her winning story ‘The Last Days of Franklin,” which you can read online here, and to the Apollo Bay WordFest team for putting together a great online festival. I’m looking forward to visiting Apollo Bay again one day when the travel restrictions in Victoria ease.