Second Prize in Maureen Freer Literary Competition 21/10/23

Oct 27, 2023 | 0 comments

Years ago, when I was striving to be a poet, I’d enter the annual MacGregor Poetry Competition, run out of the DDIAE, Toowoomba. They would return our manuscript if we enclosed a self-addressed stamped, envelope, which I did. The judge one year was Maureen Freer, and as I was highly commended, she pencilled a one-line note to the effect. “You write v good narrative poetry. Have you ever considered writing short stories?” Now, how’s that for class in providing feedback? Kinda like you have a wonderful face for radio!

Well, isolated in the country, and starving for any feedback, I took the comment to heart, and as affirmative, and read a couple of short stories, and thought – I might be able to do this’. I’ve written v little serious poetry since.

When I saw the advertisement for the competition closing, I thought I should enter a story, as a silent tribute to her input into my writing career. I can’t believe the outcome. So chuffed. Thank you, the Fellowship for Australian Writers, Queensland, for sponsoring writing for so long, and for seeing merit in my submission, ‘A line in the sand.’