Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A little bit of news

I found out not long ago that one of my poems has been shortlisted for the John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers, run by express media and judged by their editors and John Marsden himself.

I've been awarded Highly Commended for a poem I wrote after my holiday in Broken Hill, called down the mine. You can read it and the winning entries on their website in a PDF of the poetry 18 - 24 section, along with comments from John.

I  was really shocked my poem was shortlisted - it's one of the first poetry prizes I've entered, and I wasn't expecting any sort of accolade. So to be highly commended is really nice.

I highly recommend reading the winning poem, Once-Loved. It's very dark, but sophisticated and very moving.

6 comments:

Christine said...

Soph, this is totally awesome news! well done!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Soph! Wow! And what lovely comments from John. I find the poem beautifully evocative :) V x

sophg said...

thanks guys, i'm pretty chuffed :)

luce said...

yay soph!

Ali said...

Hey Soph, that's amazingly fabulous! I've only just returned to broadband this evening, and will take a better look at the poems soon, but congratulations!

sophg said...

Thanks Ali and Lucy :)