Award Winning Australian Writing 2016


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Last Thursday I got the exciting news my story ‘Koi’, which won the Inaugural Newcastle Writers’s Festival Microlit Competition has been selected for the Award Winning Australian Writing 2016 anthology!

And to top it off a writer I work closely with, Maree Gallop, had her story accepted, too! It’s the moving story ‘The Scent of Life’ which won the Forest Fellowship of Australian Writers Short Story Competition.

The book is being launched on 31st August during Melbourne Writers’ Festival week!

The skies above Newcastle are full of flying champagne corks!


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27 Responses to Award Winning Australian Writing 2016

  1. Michael says:

    Great news Karen, well done you, congrats and all that, drinks all round eh…. 🙂

  2. margaret jackson says:

    This is so well deserved for you Karen. Maree’s story too. I’ve had to duck some of those flying champagne corks and there are more to come. It’s nice to know famous writers.

  3. anne says:

    Congratulations, dear friend. Well deserved. Here’s cheers 🙂

  4. Elise says:

    Wonderful news! And so very well deserved. They know good writing when they see it!

  5. Maree Gallop says:

    Congratulations Karen. I’m excited for the book launch and can’t wait to buy the book and read all the wonderful winning stories. Cheers!!

  6. Maree Gallop says:

    Reblogged this on A Writer's Mental Notes and commented:
    Since starting writing fiction in 2012 I’ve had some fun and exciting experiences. Awards, wins, writers festivals, hanging out with wonderful writing friends and aspiring to reach new heights in the writing world. I read winning stories all the time and I remember saying to my writing group,”imagine having your story published in Award Winning Australian Stories!” Well goal reached! Here I am. ‘The Scent of Life’ is published. Along with ‘Koi’ by Karen Whitelaw, my mentor and friend. It doesn’t get much better than that!
    I hope you enjoy the stories in the book when it becomes available. Happy reading!

  7. Phil & Rhonda Murray says:

    Congratulations Karen. That’s a very impressive achievement. You must feel thrilled. No one writes to win awards, but recognition from one’s peers is always appreciated. Besides, I can now boast my creative writing teacher has a story in this year’s Award Winning Australian Writing anthology.

    I reckon it’s that French writing sabbatical paying off, either that or the chocolate croissants … oh, yes, the champagne definitely assists with creativity as well. I really enjoyed Koi.

    Cheers, Phil

    • Thanks, Phil. I am over the moon! It’s always nice to have your work acknowledged.That French sabbatical had a huge impact on the way I now approach my writing. I can’t recommend getting away to write without any distractions highly enough.

  8. Ruth Robertson says:

    Congratulations Karen – As I said before, you have worked hard on your craft and now you are reaping its awards. Good Luck for the future.

  9. Donald Cohen says:

    Well done Karen! and Maree!

    Cheers Don Cohen

    On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 3:05 PM, The Writers Life wrote:

    > Karen Whitelaw posted: ” Last Thursday I got the exciting > news my story ‘Koi’, which won the Inaugural Newcastle Writers’s Festival > Microlit Competition has been selected for the Award Winning Australian > Writing ” >

  10. Congratulations, Karen, and very well-deserved!

  11. Well done Karen! We still haven’t had that catchup. Where is your local coffee shop? I’m free this weekend except for Saturday morning.

  12. Way to go, Karen; congratulations! Your writing is so wonderful, and this is much deserved!

  13. Dee Taylor says:

    Hi Karen and Maree
    Waiting to see some photos I feel inspired to be part of the writing group. See you soon.

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