Category Archives: 2018 Announcement

Free Editing Workshop

As the July deadline for submission approaches, we’re offering a free Editing Workshop to help you polish your stories.

Date: Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Venue: Tabor Adelaide, 181 Goodwood Road, Millswood.

7:00pm – 7:30 pm Editing Class

(to be live streamed on the Stories of Life Facebook page)

Mark Worthing will be speaking on editing fundamentals. Then Pete Court and James Cooper will demonstrate how to add finesse to a story.

Sue Jeffrey has kindly given us an early draft of her story,  Lucky Underwear (draft). As an exercise, you can edit her draft, and compare it with the audio recording of her final version, the version that won the 2016 Tabor College of Higher Education Short Award.

Then come along on the night, or watch via Facebook, to see how Pete and James would have approached it.

7:30 – 8:15 pm Small Group Work

(only available to those who can attend in person)

If you’ve written your story, or part of it, bring it along for feedback from experienced writers in a supportive environment. If you’re stuck with an aspect of your story, someone might be able to help you find a solution.

Note: If you’ve have already submitted you story, but wish to resubmit as a result of this workshop, you may do so at no extra cost by emailing with:

  • first name and last name
  • category
  • original title
  • re-edited file


Meet our 2018 Judges

So very pleased to be announcing a fantastic line-up of judges for the 2018 Stories of Life competition.

Leigh Hatcher for Tabor Open Stories of Life

(1000 – 1500 words) 

Leigh Hatcher

Leigh Hatcher is a veteran journalist with over 40 years of experience in radio and television. He has worked in the Canberra press gallery, Seven Network and Sky News. Leigh is the author of three books, including best-seller I’m not Crazy I’m Just a Little Unwell, about his experience of battling Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Claire Bell for Eternity Matters Short Stories of Life

(Up to 500 words) 

Claire Bell

Claire Bell writes novels, short stories and poems. Her first novel, a pithy psychological thriller, The Golden Hour, was released in June last year. Claire’s poetry revolves around nature, the beautiful surroundings of her Adelaide Hills home a source of inspiration. You can read her short works here.

Steve McKenzie for Lutheran Education Young Stories of Life

(500 – 1000 words) 

S. J. (Steve) McKenzie is a fantasy author from Adelaide. His first novel, The Ballyman Waits, was published by Stone Table Books last year, and the second in the series, The Frost on the Mirror, is due to be published in 2018. Steve has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Adelaide and a background in sustainability and education research at UniSA.

The Judging Process

All entries will be appraised by a preliminary reading panel. The panel will develop a long-list of entries in each category for final assessment by the competition judges. The judges will announce a shortlist of finalists in each category, prior to announcing the final prize winners.