Greater Shepparton City Council in partnership with the Furphy Foundation, Latrobe University and the GV Library Group would like to congratulate all the writers who submitted applications for the Furphy Literary Awards Open and Junior or Youth categories.
More than 1100 entries were received in the open category from across the nation and more than 250 for the Junior and Youth categories from students across the Goulburn Valley.
We are pleased to announce the entries selected for inclusion on the short list.
2020 Furphy Literary Awards Open Category:
Cate Kennedy Ando Gets Plastered
Ruby Todd Awakening
Sue Osborne King of George Street
Ya Reeves Pub Raffle
Jean Flynn Straining at the Leash
Mira Robertson Waiting for the Dog
2020 Furphy Literary Awards Youth Short Story:
Lacey O’Brien Aggie and Fergus
Elly Miechel An Atlantic Night
Sophie Campisi A Perfect Coincidence
Heidi Smith Gone
Imogen Templeton Hard to imagine
Hannah Freeman The Celtic Knot Tattoo
Layla O’Callaghan To Love a Faery
2020 Furphy Literary Awards Youth Poetry:
Georgia Flatman Autumn
Ben Shelton Colours of a lakeside life
Heidi Smith Colours of That Night
Hailey Moffatt Every Morning
Cliona Ingram Little Green Box
Georgia Flatman Memories
Miya Smith Persimmons
Layla O’Callaghan The Flavours of Demurity
Imogen Templeton Time After Time
2020 Furphy Literary Awards Junior Short Story:
Lilly Fidock Beyond Earth
Alice Bourchier Fortune Favours the Bold
Tylah O’Brien Hope
Addison Oswald Master
Lila Plunkett Off Track
Riley Wooster The Miner’s Hat
Janani Murali Your Deeds are your monuments
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Councillor Seema Abdullah congratulated all for submitting entries.
“Thank you to all the writers locally and across the nation for sharing their stories with the literary awards, everyone who submitted should be complimented on their passion for writing and commitment for participating during these times,” Cr Abdullah said.
“I would like to extend a high recognition for those who were shortlisted, I wish you all the best for the final awards.
“The Furphy Literary Awards is of great value to our region, encouraging story telling and contributing to Australian literature.”
Furphy Literary Award director Sam Furphy said the calibre of entries was outstanding this year.
“We are thrilled to receive such a strong numbers of entries from every state and territory of Australia and beyond. Congratulations to all the authors who put forward their work for critical review.”
To ensure the health and safety of guests and to adhere to Government and Health guidelines this year’s awards will be held virtually and will be available to stream live on Saturday 25 July.
Furphy Literary Award director Adam Furphy said they were in the process of preparing for the virtual awards.
“Whilst we are disappointed not to be holding the event in person we are excited at the possibility of a wider audience than we might have expected. The quality of the works submitted is really encouraging and we look forward to celebrating on in July.”
The awards will be available to streamed from the Furphy Literary Awards website, and Facebook as well as Greater Shepparton City Council’s Youtube Channel.