Competitions

Laura Literary Awards

$780 Prize Money

The Laura Literary Awards are co-ordinated by Rocky River ‘Riters.

Conditions of Entry

Entries close for the Laura Literary Awards 2021 on Friday 7th May 2021. Please post your entries well before closing date.

Sections:

Prose

Section 1 – OPEN   A short story up to 1500 words, Prize $200
Section 2 – YOUNG ADULT (13-18 yrs) A short story up to 1200 words, Prize $50
Section 3 – JUNIOR (9-12 yrs)       A short story up to 800 words, Prize $25
Section 4 – JUNIOR PRIMARY (5-8 yrs) A short story up to 500 words, Prize $15

The CJ Dennis Poetry Awards:

Poem up to 60 lines for all sections

Section 5 – OPEN POETRY, Prize $200
Section 6 – OPEN BUSH POETRY, Prize $200
Section 7 – YOUNG ADULT POETRY (13-18 yrs), Prize $50
Section 8 – JUNIOR POETRY (9-12 yrs), Prize $25
Section 9 – JUNIOR PRIMARY POETRY(5-8 yrs), Prize $15


Congratulations and Thanks to all Entrants to the Laura Literary Awards.

Poetry and Prose sections Competition for 2020 now finalised, see Winners List below

List of winners from the Laura Literary Awards 2021

Section 1 Open Prose

Winner: ‘Laundromat’ by  Danielle Aylward, Bardon, Queensland 

Commended: ‘New Land’ by Vickie Walker,  Orange, NSW


Section 2 Young Adult Prose

Winner: The differences’  by Chi Chi Ijeneme (14) St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School, Karrinyup, WA

Highly Commended: ‘Darla’   by Lilia Dorfman (14) St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School Karrinyup WA

Highly Commended:  ‘Big and Small’ by Lily Nunn (14) St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School, Karrinyup WA

 Commended: ‘From Small to Big’ by Briana DeLaurentis (14) St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School Karrinyup WA 

Commended: ‘Forest of Evil’ by Lilia Bradley (14) St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School Karrinyup WA


Section 3 Junior Prose

Winner: ‘Race Day’ by Annika Gill (10)   Armadale, Vic

Highly Commended: ‘Green Angel’ by David Li (9)   Knox Grammar Preparatory College, NSW

Highly Commended: ‘The Postmen’  by Jiekai Miao (11) Concord West, NSW

Commended: ‘Fiona The Fox’ by Jasmine Smyth (10) Sapphire Coast Anglican College, Bega, NSW

Commended: ‘Master or Slave’  by Annabel Li (11) 5D College, Chatswood NSW

Judges Special Mention: ‘The White Ceiling’ by Chelsea Crean (10) St Andrew’s, Malabar, NSW

Comments: With 149 entries to choose from, the judges found it difficult to acknowledge all the exceptionally well written pieces, so have listed the following young authors as worthy of honourable mention but whose work will unfortunately not be included in the booklet due to space constarints.

“Change: Rain”   by Ethan Hu (11) 5D College,  Chatswood NSW 

‘The Lost Continent’  by  Linda Shu (9)  5D College, Chatswood NSW 

‘Security Eye’  by Helen Zheng (12) 5D College, Chatswood NSW 

‘Speechless’  by  Charlotte Mitchell (10) St Andrew’s, Malabar NSW 

‘Fire’  by  Ben Zhou (11) 5D College, Chatswood NSW 

‘Random Thoughts’  by Janelle Li (10)  5 D College, Chatswood NSW 

‘Walk the Earth’  by  Sophie Burn (10) Allambie Heights Public School, NSW 

‘When He Was Here’  by Astrid Esslinger (9) Austinmer Public School, NSW 

‘Speak For The Bears’  by Betty Rose-Watts (11) Allambie Heights Public School NSW 

‘The Bushfire’  by  William Wang (9) Knox Grammar Preparatory College,  NSW


Section 4 Junior Primary Prose

Winner: ‘Turtle Meets Plastic’ by Holly Phipps (8) Allambie Heights Public School NSW

Highly Commended: Tissue Trauma’ by Hailey Robson (8) Allambie Heights Public School NSW

Highly Commended: ‘Adventure Awaits’ by  Luella Langley (8) Allambie Heights Public School NSW

Commended: ‘The Worst Day Ever’ by Benjamin Jackson (8) Knox Grammar Preparatory College

Commended:  ‘Joey’  by Ebonni Demetri (7)  Mt Lawley WA


Section 5 Open Poetry

Winner: ‘Secrets of the Desert’  by  Brenda Joy  Charters Towers  Qld

Highly Commended: ‘Under A Winter’s Shadow’  by  Shaine Melrose  Hawthorndene SA

Commended: ‘Blue is the Ocean’  by Neil Mumford  Port Pirie SA


Section 6 Bush Poetry

Winner: ‘The Riderless Horse’  by Catherine Lee Mona Vale NSW

Highly Commended: ‘Heart of the Country’ by Neil Mumford  Port Pirie

Commended: ‘Rural Wife’  by  Brenda Joy  Charters Towers Qld


Section 7 Young Adult Poetry

Winner: ‘Spring’s a-come’n’ by Grace Cox (14) Book Book NSW

Highly Commended: ‘My Loving Father’  by  Marco Zheng  (14) 5D College Chatswood NSW

Highly Commended: ‘Journey of a seed’ by Indigo Walter ( 14) Inverleigh Vic

Commended: ‘I’m Not the One’ by Diana Cojocea (17) John Pirie Secondary School, Port Pirie, SA  

 Commended: ‘Our World’s Beatings’ by Diana Cojocea (17) John Pirie Secondary School, Port Pirie, SA


Section 8 Junior Poetry

Winner: ‘Seasons on the Shore’  by Jake Upson, (9) Knox Grammar Preparatory College, NSW

Highly Commended: ‘Nature’  by Rija Farhan (11)Kellyville NSW

Highly Commended: ‘The Book’ by Acacia Ingram (10) Mount Claremont WA

Commended: ‘Happiness’  by Cheyza Suson (11) Citipointe Christian College, Carindale Qld

Commended: ‘Lightning’  by Jake Upson (9)  Knox Grammar Preparatory College, NSW

                                


Section 9 Junior Primary Poetry

Winner: ‘The Reality of War’  by Patric Wei (8) Knox Grammar Preparatory College, NSW

Highly Commended: Fairies’ by Kyana Minien (8) Barton Primary School, Cranbourne West, Vic

Highly Commended: ‘Red’ by Aaron Yang (8) Knox Grammar Preparatory College, NSW

Commended: The Soldiers of WW1’ by Sebastian Sun (8) Knox Grammar Preparatory College, NSW

Commended: ‘Green is the Colour of Many Things’   by Alan Zhu (8) Knox Grammar Preparatory College, NSW


Congratulations to all those whose work has been recognised by the 2021 Laura Literary Award judges. Rocky River ‘Riters thank all entrants for taking the time to participate in our competition and wish you well with your future writing.

A booklet containing the published manuscripts of winning entrants can be purchased at a cost of $15 (which includes postage) by contacting rockyriverriters@hotmail.com .