Chris Stuart  2015 Open Winner – Dirt & Diamonds

Chris Stuart has lived and worked in Corryong for four years and works at the local health facility. In her spare time, she likes to write about contemporary rural life and documenting the changes in small country towns.

“ Most rural writers are looking back, capturing past moments in time. I want to capture what is happening now, so that in a hundred years, my witness to moments in time, are celebrated just as much”.


Kim Winter  2015 Local Winner – Lost

Born in snow country, I spent the first twelve years of my life in the mountain paradise of Waste Point- Perisher – Smiggens. Taught to ride by men of the mountains, I skied and rode the plains and slopes of Kosciusko ( as I knew it), haunted the local riding school of Valhalla, until my father changed work locations to the Mid North Coast of NSW, and I was dragged kicking and screaming away from my mountains.

Teenage years were spent at the beach, and riding my horse at shows and pony club. After being advised that I would have to do Year 11 again, because I had read books all through the year, instead of school work, I left home at seventeen after obtaining a position to ride at El Caballo Blanco, when it opened near Leppington, NSW. Following the birth of my daughter, I enrolled in an evening writing course, and wrote a short story which I put away for a long time.

After living in a few different places, twenty years ago I made it back to the mountains and began to, periodically, have a go at writing after Maija read my original story and encouraged me to keep at it. My special interests are the Anzacs, horses, history and high country.