WriCE Emerging Writers Melody Paloma and Laura Stortenbeker have both recently been awarded prizes for their writing. Melody’s poem ‘Hyper-reactive’ won the 2014 Overland Judith Write Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets; while Laura’s piece ‘Floodlit’ received Second Prize in the 2015 Griffith University Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize.
The judges of both competitions were glowing in their reports of Melody’s and Laura’s work. Overland judge Peter Minter wrote that “every line in ‘Hyper-reactive’ is a complete thought. I was quietly blown away with Paloma’s poem – its simplicity, accuracy and optimism – and congratulate her on winning the prize this year.”
Griffith University judges Frank Moorhouse and Matthew Lamb commented on Laura’s story, claiming that “the dialogue, which drives the story forward, with both what is said, and what is only hinted at, suggests a writer of great promise.”
WrICE wants to congratulate both Melody and Laura on their awards, and look forward to what they deliver in the future.