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2019 Winning Stories

LOCAL WINNER

“The Lucky Couple”

Dixie Coutts

Dixie is fourth generation Upper Murray. Apart from several years spent in Melbourne and at Yackandandah she has lived on the family property, which she now runs with her husband. She feels deeply attached to the land. Since retiring from teaching she has devoted her time to family and farm, but also enjoys reading, writing, gardening and golf. Travel is another pleasure she would like to indulge more, when time permits.

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OPEN WINNER

“Newmarket Sales”

Owen Smith

“I was born in Albury and grew up in the Rand, NSW. I’ve been employed variously as a welder’s offsider, farm labourer, plant nursery hand, builder’s labourer, Primary school teacher, oil rig painter, roughneck and roustabout, house cleaner, truck driver, Lower Secondary school teacher, gas rig roustabout, theatre set builder, production manager and set designer, dresser, actor, taxi-driver, ESL teacher, exchange-student liaison officer and teacher of Japanese, in that order.

I have no children of my owen but live in Wodonga with my wife Fleur and look forward to every day with her.”

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BEST NON FICTION

“Too Late To Leave”

Janice Williams

Janice Williams has been writing from primary school age, starting with some truly dreadful poetry. Fortunately none of this still exists. A love of reading and a fertile imagination improved her later attempts, together with the discipline of journal keeping (see Henry Tilney’s remarks in Jane Austen’s ‘Northanger Abbey’ regarding journal writing for ladies!)

She is a retired optometrist, married to John, and living on a rural property looking to the Grampians. She is current President of Grampians Writers Group, and is a member of Society of Women Writers Vic. She finds entering literary awards stimulates a desire for excellence in writing, whether success happens or not.

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