Geelong Regional Libraries is delighted to announce the winner of our ‘Amazing Lockdown’ Short Story Competition: Ben Mitchell, member of the Queenscliff branch, for his story titled ‘Tunundra Valley’.
When Ben heard he’d won, he said “I'm pleased and excited. Just thought I'd have a go. I didn't expect anything to come of it. Thank you to the library for running the competition."
Ben’s short story entry was selected to win by our wonderful judges, out of a field of 47 quality submissions. It has been described as 'chilling', 'polished' and having a ‘terrific twist’. Ben's prize is a $100 book voucher from The Bookshop at Queenscliff.
Read his winning entry here.
Judge’s comments: Jane Tuttle, author of Paris or Die
‘What a treat to read so many people's lockdown stories, both imagined and real. I found four entries particularly strong, but Tunundra Valley had the hinted back story and wondered future that made it live beyond the page. It gave me a chill - what if we never went back? I’m sure many of us have the same thought during lockdown. Real, unaffected and affecting writing. Bravo!’
Judge’s comments: Mark Smith – author of Road to Winter
“I was impressed by the high standard of entries and particularly liked the way writers interpreted the theme in a variety of ways. “
“The winning entry was a thoughtful and polished piece of writing that paid attention to the small details of life in isolation – and had a terrific twist in the tail!”
Judge’s comments: Surf Coast Shire Councillor Margot Smith (Deputy Chair of the Geelong Regional Library Board)
“Such a delightful experience to judge these stories. So much talent in the region. Some left me begging for more, some left me in tears and for others I was laughing out loud. Ben’s story was so well paced, carefully crafted to get you into the story and the twist at the end was ingenious. I loved it.”
Bolinda Audio are kindly supporting this short story competition by donating an audio book to each entry.
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Further changes will come into effect at libraries during January 2021, as COVID-19 restrictions are eased.
As we approach the end of the year, we'd like to share upcoming changes to our times and days of operations with our communities.
After 14 years as CEO of Geelong Regional Libraries, Patti Manolis OAM will be stepping down from the role at the end of March 2021.
The GRLC is pleased to welcome a number of new members, as well as some experienced familiar faces, to its Board.
We are pleased to be able to be able share further changes for libraries, the Heritage Centre and Mobile Libraries in line with Government directions.
The Queenscliff Library will open on Wednesday 2 December at 18 Hesse Street.