Stuart and Hadow 2022 writers uphold prize's tradition of exceptional writing
The winner of this year's Stuart and Hadow Short Story Competition, Patrick Boxall, judged by acclaimed Western Australian author Josephine Taylor, far left.
In the course of her role as judge of the 2022 Stuart and Hadow Short Story Competition Josephine Taylor said she read many, many convincing and engaging stories that sometimes comforted, sometimes challenged, and frequently extended her understanding of the world and human behaviour.
'I found myself in
convincingly drawn suburban settings and vividly realised dystopic futures, with writers massaging words into narratives of war and peace, horror and revenge, fantasy and romance.'
Ms Taylor commended Patrick Boxall in particular, whose work has been recognised previously in the Stuart and Hadow.
'Special congratulations to Patrick Boxall, who, I discovered when given author details once I’d determined placings, won this same competition in 2020, and whose first- and third-placed stories this year speak to the capacity to write convincingly – and winningly! – across a range of voices and forms.'
Patrick Boxall, Victoria — The Museum of Broken Relationships
Jodie Kewley, Victoria — My boys
Patrick Boxall, Victoria — Highway to heal
Curtain Call, by Megan Anderson, from WA;
Gold, by Rebecca Higgie, from WA; and
Amateur mycology, by Emily Tsokos Purtill from WA
Read the judge's report in full here: