2021 Open Literary Competition Winners

PORT WRITERS are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s competition from a very strong field of entrants.


  • First Place – “Unbeaten – Snapshots in Black and White” by Sally Jane Smith (NSW)
  • Second Place – “Rainforest” by Robert Rodger (NSW)
  • Commended – “Living the Voice Within” by Maria Solano (NSW)
  • Commended – “Distorted Memory” by Wendy Hayes (NSW)
  • Commended – “26th April, 1986” by Jo Rendle (ACT)


  • First Place – “Granny” by Janice Williams (VIC)
  • Second Place – “Saving the Show” by Jill Baggett (NSW)
  • Commended – “Cat and Mouse” by Melanie Wass (NSW)


  • First Place – “The Tunnel – A Surfer’s Moment” by Terri Ferman (QLD)
  • Second Place – “Little Waves” – Janice Williams (VIC)
  • Commended – “Black Kites of the Desert” by Jude Aquilina (SA)
  • Commended – “City Shadows” by Rees Campbell (TAS)
  • Commended – “New Spirit in an Old Place” by Shona Levingston (QLD)

Hastings Prize

  • First Place – “Cat and Mouse” (Fiction) by Melanie Wass (NSW)
  • Commended – “The Kings Fool” (Poetry) by Marian Easterbrook (NSW)
  • Commended – “If the Walls of Garland Public School Could Talk” (Non-Fiction) by Lyndall Nairn (NSW)

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners and indeed to all who entered. It’s a brave step to put your work before the eyes of others – well done!

THANKS to the Judges for their contributions and to Tom Penrose for donating the Hastings Prize for local writers.