Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing

 SOME of the region’s best writers have been recognised in the annual New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing.

WELL READ: Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing winners Tony Sevil and Joshua Nash bask in their win.

WELL READ: Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing winners Tony Sevil and Joshua Nash bask in their win.

While entrants came from across Australia, two of the six winners were from the region.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow from The University of New England Joshua Nash was awarded the Non-Fiction Prize for his short story, A Nameless Island.

Dr Nash said he was pleased his piece on fieldwork experiences was recognised. “It’s not an Inspector Morse type of story,” he said.  

Winner of the New England Award Tony Sevil took a humorous take on crime writing for his story The Disappearance of Buck. 

The 70-year-old Uralla artist was thrilled.

“I will certainly be writing more humorous stories,” Mr Sevil said. “I love it when I’m writing something with a smile on my face.” Centre chairwoman Sophie Masson said she was pleased with the high level of entries.

“The entries this year were very varied according to the judges,” she said.

Click on the winner's name to read their story. 

Poetry: Sponsored by the New England Writers' Centre and the Armidale Dumaresq Library

Winner: P.S. Cottier (ACT), for Criminals who are no longer criminals

Highly Commended: Jaz Stutley (Vic) for The Waterhole

Highly Commended: Roger Vickery (NSW) for Lower Court 1D, Downing Centre

Fiction: Sponsored by the School of Arts, University of New England

Winner: Susan Bennett, (VIC)for Bittersweet

Highly Commended: Sarah Evans,(WA) for Sharpshooter

Highly Commended: Tony Sevil, (NSW)for The Disappearance of Buck

Highly Commended: Lynne Cook,(NSW) for Change of Plan

Commended: Sarah Evans, (WA) for Composting Gladys

Commended: Maris Morton,(NSW) for The Passionate Gardener

Non-Fiction: Sponsored by The Armidale Express

Winner: Joshua Nash (NSW) for A Nameless Island

No commendeds or highly commendeds awarded in this category.

New England Award: Sponsored by Reader's Companion Bookshop, Armidale

Winner: Tony Sevil for The Disappearance of Buck (fiction)

Emerging Author Award: sponsored by Friends of Tamworth Libraries

Winner: Lynne Cook (NSW) for Change of Plan (fiction)

Youth Award: Sponsored by Granny Fi's Toy Cupboard, Armidale

Winner: Madeleine Gome (VIC) for Scrap Metal (fiction)

Highly commended: Megan Galbraith (NSW) for The Butcher (poetry)

Highly commended: Madeleine Gome (VIC) for Lucky I've Got Lilian (fiction)

Highly commended: Bradley Lucas (NSW) for Robbed (fiction)

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