The Launceston, Tasmania Literary Awards 2015
This highly regarded competition, becoming more and more popular, attracted in excess of 150 entrants this year. I would like to thank all those writers who entered, and with a special thank you for all those involved in the initial selection process, helping me by bringing the short list down to just 10 finalists.
I have been busy of late, reading through that short list, fully involved in the difficult process of sorting them into order, from 1 to 10, for next month’s Launceston, Tasmania Literary Awards presentations. I would just like to say at this point that any comparison, and therefore competition, between works of art is purely subjective; therefore, subject to opinion.
Last year, the 2014 finals judge for the short story competition at the Launceston Literary Awards was Rohan Wilson, author of ‘The Roving Party’. Rohan’s style and writing voice is very different to my own, but his theme, period and location for The Roving Party are very similar to that of my own novel, ‘Terra Nullius’. If you have read either one of these, richly divergent, perspectives on a theme, then you would most certainly gain value from reading them both.
And so whilst I don’t believe that it is possible to actually judge one piece of artistic work from another, because it truly is in the eye of the beholder, or as in this case, the reader, I have chosen my three winning finalist that will be announced in October.