Announcing the shortlist for 2022
💫💫💫 Congratulations to Beau Windon, Bebe Backhouse and Coral Reeve. As well as their other 2022 successes that include Yarn Bombing for Blak & Bright Festival 2022, they’ve been shortlisted for the City of Melbourne Libraries Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards – Life Writing for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Writers.
The Life Writing Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writers is awarded to an outstanding work focused on documenting, discussing or highlighting a uniquely Victorian story of Australia’s First People. This prize recognises the work of emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and supports City of Melbourne’s ongoing commitment to promoting the richness of Indigenous culture and reconciliation.
Their shortlisted works are:
- Walking Through the Mou(r)n(ing of a)tain(ted Life) by Beau Windon
- If This Is the End: Stories of Perpetual Echoes in a Corridor by Bebe Backhouse
- What even is Language by Coral Reeve
Declan Fry won the 2020 award for The Song Exists in Your Heart: Walking Wurundjeri Country
Beau Windon has also been nominated in two other categories!!!
The Dorothy Porter Award for Poetry
- Expectations by Beau Windon
Self-told Stories by Writers Living with a Disability
- Neurodiverging into He[art]s and Darkness by Beau Windon
The Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards encourage emerging writers living in Victoria and celebrates Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature.
In addition to giving support and recogntion to emerging Victorian writers, The Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award promotes the City of Melbourne and its libraries as a place of ideas and creativity.
2022 sees the introduction of a new category: Self-told Stories by Writers Living with a Disability. will provide an opportunity for underrepresented voices in media and literature.
Winning entries will receive a $2000 category prize. The overall winner of the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award will win an additional $10,000. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply for all categories.