THE 2021 ESU ROLY SUSSEX SHORT STORY COMPETITION
This prized literary award is designed to foster original creative writing of outstanding quality, including experimental, challenging or thought-provoking work.
The English-Speaking Union (Queensland) is delighted to have Professor Roly Sussex as our partner in English. Professor Sussex is an Emeritus Professor of Applied Language Studies at the University of Queensland. He is one of Australia’s leading champions for language and languages. His ABC Radio program A Word in Your Ear has been running for 24 years.
2021 PRIZE WINNERS
The English-Speaking Union (Queensland Branch) has much pleasure in announcing the winners of the 2021 Roly Sussex Short Story Competition.
2021 JUDGING PANEL:
Emeritus Professor Peter Little
In 2021 there were over 160 entries, or nearly four times as many in 2020.
The stories are available for reading from this website. Click on the author’s name.
First Prize: $7,500
Carmel Lillis, VIC In the wake of Sparrow
Second Prize: $1,500
Ange Pennell, QLD Man’s best friend
SECONDARY SCHOOLS DIVISION
First Prize: $1,000
Luke Rohan, QLD A shadow of time
Second Prize: $500
Andy Memory, QLD The tragedy of ’75
Chair of Judges: Emeritus Professor Peter Little AM
Professor Little is a former Deputy Vice Chancellor at QUT; a Fellow of CPA Australia; a Fellow of the European Foundation for Management Development; a Fellow of the Queensland Academy of the Arts and Sciences; a director of the RACQ Foundation; a director of Ormiston College Ltd; a Councillor of the RNA; co-founder of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame; and an avid reader.
David Fagan is a writer, editor and lover of the short story. While editor of the Courier-Mail he launched QWeekend, the home of some of Queensland’s best writers, and reintroduced serialised fiction to the newspaper’s summer editions through a five-year series of crime fiction written by one of Queensland’s best authors, Matthew Condon. Since leaving journalism he has joined the higher education sector, and works in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office at the Queensland University of Technology.
Following honours in The Short Story as an Art Form at the University of Cambridge, John has published four books including bestseller Japanese Blitz on Darwin. His speaking engagements include the Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne, ABC radio and commercial TV.
He earlier worked with the Department of the Interior, Scotch College Melbourne, Swinburne University, RMIT, and then for 25 years with BHP.
In support of his friend, the late Ann Garms OAM, John has been a reader for the ESU Roly Sussex short story competition from day one.