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Recent Competition Results

This page provides results of IWW competitions.
Click here to jump to a summary of The Kathleen Grattan Prize results.

The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems - November 2018

Judge: Stu Bagby

Winner: Heather Bauchop for The Life in Small Deaths
Runner-Up: Gillian Roach for She's Over There, Love

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Writing a Story in Letter - November 2018

Judge: Keitha Smith

First: 'A Two Year OE' by Duncan Perkinson
Second: 'The Tudor Letters of Thomas Molyneaux and William Stanley' by John Leyland
Third: 'A Right Royal Occasion' by Beverley Teague Highly Commended: 'Author, Author' by Christine Beardon
Highly Commended: 'Caught in the Act' by Carol Sharma

Memory Story - October 2018

Judge: Maria de Jong

First: 'Testing Chloroform' by Carol Sharma
Second: 'The Debutante Ball' by Leonie Couper
Third: 'The Case of the Bloated Hedgehog' by John Leyland
Highly Commended: 'Six Days' by Edna Heled.

Poetry - One short and one long - August 2018

Judge: Yvonne Walus

First: Beverley Teague
Second: Jenny Clay
Third: Carol Sharma
Highly Commended: Denise O'Hagan & Caroline Carlyle

Short Story - August 2018

Judge: Gina Cole

First: Gay Johnson - 'Momento Mori'
Second: John Leyland - 'At 1400 Hours'
Highly Commended:
Tamsin Worsley - 'Tarnished Stars'
Duncan Perkinson - 'What we left behind'

Opinion Piece - July 2018

Judge: Greg Bruce

First: Beverley Teague - 'Where the Law Fails Young Vulnerable People Change is Needed'
Second: Gay Johnson - 'A Good Death'

Haiku and Tanka - June 2018

Judge: Johanna Emeney

First: Sue Courtney
Second: Jenny Clay
Third: Annie Glancey
Highly Commended: Leonie Couper

7-10 Minute Play - May 2018

Judge: June Allen

First: 'Uncle Dick's Dream' by Leonie Couper
Second: 'A Broken Window Murder' by Gavin Flower
Third: 'A Strange Monotony' by Mark Howell

Short Story - April 2018

Judge: Jenny Sturm

The challenge was to write a 500 word short story that inluded these words: trust * epiphany * disturbing * development * relief

First: 'Maternal Instinct' by Leonie Couper
Second: 'Coming Apart' by Maris O'Rourke
Third: 'Democracy' by Duncan Perkinson

The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems - November 2017

Judge: Robert Sulliven

Winner: Janet Newman for Tender
Runner-Up: Anne Holler Ruddy for Ambushed by Gauguin

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Jocelyn Grattan Prize for Fiction - October 2017

Judge: Fiona Sussman

First: 'A Matter of Scale' by Barbara Hawthorn
Second: 'The Storm' by Heather Bauchop
Third: 'Incendiary' by Christine Beardon

Travel Story - September 2017

Judge: Jill Malcolm

First: 'Mountain Ride to Shimla' by Carol Sharma
Second: 'The Aroma of Roma' by Edna Heled

Text for a Children's Picture Book - July 2017

Judge: Judy Lawn

First: 'Don’t you chew my new boots?' by Barbara Hawthorne
Second: 'Lucy’s Gold Star' by Carol Sharma
Third: 'Hugo Hedgehog Hero' by Gay Johnson

Mystery Story - June 2017

Judge: Yvonne Walus

First: 'Evelyn, where are you?' by Barbara Hawthorne
Second Equal: 'Time and Tide' by Juliet Yates
Second Equal: 'Glass House' by Gay Johnson

Highly Commended: 'Until the Bitter End' by Beverley Teague.

Jocelyn Grattan Prize for Creative Non-Fiction - May 2017

Judge: Lindsey Dawson

First: 'Ticket to Tiger Bay' by Judy Tindill
Second: 'Beyond Words' by Barbara Hawthorn
Third: 'A Fairweather Fairy Tale' by Gay Johnson

Highly Commended: 'The Journey' by Catherine Harris and 'A Weekend Break' by Dee O'Hagan.

The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems - November 2016

Judge: Gus Simonovic

Winner: Michael Giacon for Argento in no man land
Emerging Poet Award: Caroline Carlyle

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Jocelyn Grattan Prize for Fiction - September 2016

Judges: Eileen Merriman and Michelle Elvy

First: 'Bridie's Bunnies' by Barbara Hawthorn

'Grace Turns 100' by Tamsin Worsley
'The Old Bach, Nothing Fancy' by Beverley Teague
'Wild Ginger' by Gay Johnson

Jocelyn Grattan Prize for Creative Non-Fiction - August 2016

Judge: Catherine Masters

First: 'Wahini Storm Remembered' by Beverley Teague
Second: 'One Day at a time' by Wendy Wilson-Jenks
Third: 'Baby Shopping at Foodtown' by Gay Johnson

Childrens Short Story - June 2016

Judge: Michelle-Anne Forster

First: 'My Sister's Pink Bikini' by Stina Kornfield
Second: 'Miss Q and her little dog Wu' by Carol Sharma

Short Story - May 2016

Judge: Paula Morris

First: 'The Passage' by Anne Hollier Ruddy
Second: 'The Way the Wind Blows' by Barbara Hawthorn
Third: 'An Angel’s Kiss' by Edna Heled

Short Short Fiction - March 2016

Judge: Trisha Hanifin

First: 'At Sea' by Anne Hollier-Ruddy
A poignant story seen through the eyes of refugees in a little boat - a father, mother and child. Very cleverly put together for such a short story.

Second place 'Tigers in India' by Jocelyn Murray
A believable and charming family story.

Third place 'Beginnings' by Gay Johnson.
A woman meets a man at a transplant clinic and reveals that she has had a total face transplant.

Also commended were 'Danika' by Sharlene Ronayne and 'Obsession' by Beverley Newton.

The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems - November 2015

Judge: Rosetta Allan

Winner: Maris O'Rourke for Motherings
Runner Up: Sue Wootton
Emerging Poet Award: Gay Johnson

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One Act Play - October 2015

Judge: June Allen

First: Beverley Teague, A Man with a Plan
Second: Maris O'Rorke, Room at the Top of the Stairs
Third: Juliet Yates, The Miller (or Tea for Two)

Travel Story - September 2015

Open Theme up to 1000 words. Judge: Vicki Virtue

First: The Other Side by Edna Heled
Second: Travels with Toad by Margaret Coldham

Jocelyn Grattan Prize for Fiction - August 2015

Open Theme up to 2500 words. Judge: Tracey Slaughter

First: Flying by Lorraine Marson
Second: Mandatory by Sue Wootton
Third: After the Fox by Gay Johnson

Jocelyn Grattan Prize for Non Fiction - May 2015

Theme: War. Length: up to 2500 words. Judge: Susanna Andrew

First: A Question of Travel by Jenny Clay
Second: 1996 by Beverley Teague
Third: Face Meltingly Hot by Brigid Barrer

Childrens Poem - April 2015

Judged by Elena de Roo

First: Our New Baby has Super Powers by Maris O'Rourke
Second: The Match at the Bach by Beverley Teague
Highly Commended: The Old Man by Tom Shiels

Short Story Fiction - March 2015

up to 500 words. Theme 'Wild'. Judged by Rosetta Allan

First: Frozen by Carolyn Smith-Masefield
Second: Wild About You by Gay Johnson
Third: No, Not Roses by Beverley Teague
Highly Commended: Wild by Jocelyn Murray

Jocelyn Grattan Prize for Fiction - October 2014

A Short Story up to 2000 words. Judged by Judith White

First: Orchid Garden by Juliet Yates
Second: Kitten Heels by Lorraine Marson
Third: An Enduring Legacy by Beverley Teague

Children's Story - August 2014

up to 1000 words. Judged by Sally Sutton

First: Call Me Billy by Beverley Teague
Second: Lillbut's Australian Adventure by Maris O'Rourke
Third: Thistle by Carolyn Smith-Masefield

Memory Story - July 2014

up to 1500 words. Judged by Wendy Rhodes

First: A Few Words by Judy Tindill
Second: Meeting Mr Wright by Maris O'Rourke
Third: Tar Baby by Margaret Coldham

Romance Story - June 2014

up to 2000 words. Judged by Yvonne Eve Walus

First: What Sort of Name? by Gay Johnson
Second: Enchanted by Judy Tindill
Third: That Loving Feeling by Caroline Carlyle
Beverley Teague and Cath Masters

Contemporary Poetry - May 2014

up to 40 lines. Judged by Kirsten Warner

First: In My Room by Anne Hollier Ruddy
Second: Home by Beverley Teague
Third: Going Home by Edna Heled
Janette Wood, Maris O' Rourke and Kayla MacKenzie-Kopp

Jocelyn Grattan Prize for Creative Non Fiction - April 2014

up to 2500 words. Judged by Greg Bruce

First: 1968 by Kayla MacKenzie-Kopp
Second: Being There by Jenny Clay
Third: Martinborough's Makeover by Leonie Couper

2014 Flash Fiction - March 2014

up to 250 words. Judged by Cushla Parekowhai

First: Sister Mary Frances by Ann Webber
Second: Warick by Lyn Potter
Third: Rose by Hilary Page
Highly Commended:
Annie by Sue Courtney
Cat and Mouse by Catherine Masters.

2013 Travel Story

1500 words. Judged by Graeme Reid

First: Burgundy Siesta by Brigid Barrer
Second: Jodhpur, India by Edna Heled
Third: Strawberry Snowball Tree of Madagascar by Lorraine Marson

2013 Short Story

1500 words. Judged by Stephanie Johnson

First: Pegasus Island by Ann Webber
Second: The River by Jenny Clay
Third: The Old Dunger by Beverley Teague

2013 Choose A Path Parallel Plot Fiction

judged by Meryl-Lynn Pluck

First: Lovesick by Melanie Wood
Second: Earthquake by Les Williams

2013 Poetry

Up to 32 lines. Judged by Riemke Ensing

First: A Visit to La Chascona by Maris O’Rourke
Second: The Wind God’s Day by Kayla MacKenzie Kopp
Third: A Still and Silent Place by Barbara Algie

2013 Jocelyn Grattan Prize for Non-Fiction

2000 words. Judged by Dr. Jenny Sturm

First: The Royal Visit to NZ 1953 -54 by Beverley Teague
Second: A Dot Known by Ann Webber

2013 Jocelyn Grattan Prize for Fiction

2000-3000 words. Judged by Graeme Lay

First Place: Grace Unclothed by Gay Johnson
Second: The End of the Line by Beverley Newton
Highly Commended:
Ocean Crossing by Jenny Clay
The Apartment by Ann Webber

2013 Biography

1000-1200 words. Judged by Joanne Drayton

First: David - Life of an ordinary man by Beverley Teague
Second: Letters to a Soldier by Lorraine Marson
Third equal:
Kathleen Petzer nee Young by Les Williams
The Mackelvie Statues by Jenny Clay

2013 Children's Story

Up to 1000 words. Judged by Sally Sutton

First: Bridge Closed Tomorrow by Beverley Teague
Second: K D Conflict by Janet Newman
Third: Lillibutt’s Te Araroa Adventure by Maris O'Rourke
Highly Commended: Black Smoke by Lorraine Marsen

October 2012

The popular Memory Story was judged by North Shore writer and historian, Jenny Sturm.

First: Full Circle by Maris O'Rourke
Second: Ghosts of my Childhood by Beverley Teague
Third: A Memory of Summer by Leonie Couper

September 2012

There were nine entries in the Magazine Article, judged by Frances Walsh. The winning story was a delight to read, a charming tale, well told, she said.

First: Prince Alfred's Elephant by Margaret Coldham
Second: Cutting the Wheat and the Chaff by Sue Courtney
Third: Breakthrough Chemo Fog by Christine Sorrell

August  2012

There were 10 entries in the Mystery Story, judged by Yvonne Eve Walus.

First: The Man with the White Silk Scarff by Beverley Newton
Second: Carolyn's Neck by Gay Johnson
Third: Payback by Tom Shiels

June 2012

The IWW Flash Fiction competition of 250 words was judged by Flash Frontier editors Michelle Elvey and Sian WIlliams. There were 9 entries.

First: The Peacock by Ann Webber
Second: Getting Back by Gay Johnson


Blanket Tales by Lorraine Marson
A Red Rose by Elaine Souster

April 2012

In our Rhyming Poetry competition, judge Jenny Argante picked only one entry as worthy of a place out of 14 entries, however commended three entries.

First: The Ballad of the Pink Lady by Barbara Algie


What Price Progress by Maureen Green
A Struggle by Jenny Clay
Dreamin' Spaces by Maris O'Rourke

March 2012

There were 9 entries in the Children's Picture Book Text for Under-5s, to be suitable for a 32-page layout. Sally Sutton was the judge.

First: Let's clear the Junkroom by Beverley Teague
Second: Whose Hat is That? by Sue Lorimer
Third: Lillbut's Big Adventure by Maris O'Rourke


Chief Running Nose and Mucus the Bogey Man by Anne Brookes

The Kathleen Grattan Prize

Winners of The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems

The winner of the 2018 prize is Heather Bauchop for her sequence The Life in Small Deaths.
Gillian Roach is the runner-up.

The winner of the 2017 prize is Janet Newman for her sequence Tender.
Anne Hollier Ruddy is the runner-up.

The winner of the 2016 prize is Michael Giacon for his sequence Argento in no man land.
Caroline Carlyle was presented with the 'Emerging Poet Award'.

The winner of the 2015 prize is Maris O'Rourke for her sequence Motherings.
Sue Wootton is runner-up.
Gay Johnson was presented with the 'Emerging Poet Award'.

The winner of the 2014 prize is Julie Ryan for her sequence On Visiting Old Ladies.
Jane Newman is runner-up.

The winner of the 2013 prize is Belinda Diepenheim for her sequence Bittercress and Flax.
Maris O'Rourke was the runner-up.

The winner of the 2012 prize is James Norcliffe for his sequence, What do you call your male parent?'.
Jenny Clay was the runner-up.

The winner of the 2011 prize is Jillian Sullivan, for her sequence How to live it.
Siobhan Harvey and Aysha Vitapa-Aspinall were joint runners-up.

Joint winners were declared. They are
Janet Charman, for her sequence, Mother won't come to us, and
Rosetta Allan for her sequence Capricious Memory.

The winner of the 2009 prize is Alice Hooton, for her sequence America.
Jackie Ottaway was runner-up.