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2018 Short List

We are very pleased to announce the 2018 Stories of Life short list.

Tabor Open Stories of Life

21 Days by Liz Donald

A String of Beans by Gaynor Faulkner

An Angel to Watch Over Them by Megan Higginson

My friend Peter by Jeanette Grant-Thomson

That Boy of Mine by Molly Bennett

 

 

Eternity Matters Short Stories of Life

I was a Church Planter for the New Age Movement by Donna Albrecht

Miracle by Juni Desireé Hoel

More Precious than Cups and Saucers by Robynne Milne

Stolen but not Robbed by Beth Robertson

Under the Frangipani Tree by Ester de Boer

 

 

Lutheran Education Young Stories of Life

Breakneck Speed by Ethan Joppich

Finding a Home by Cleo B

Florence Fiasco by Yasmin Esther

One Blessed Cat by Chelsea Rose

When all Hope is Lost by Madeline Hains

Every story listed above will win either a first prize or a runner up prize. Results will be announced at the 2018 Stories of Life book launch.

Three Dummies in a Dinghy

& other Stories of Life

book launch invitation

Date: Thursday 29 November 2018

Time: 6:30pm for 7 pm start

Venue: Tabor Adelaide

All welcomed to this celebration of good writing and great stories. Click here to download a copy of the book launch invitation. Feel free to invite your family, friends and faith community. Copies of the anthology will be for sale on the night for $20.

Writers with a story published in the anthology will be able to buy up to two copies for the special price of $12 on the night. (All long listed stories will be published in the anthology.)

2018 Stories of Life Long List

All stories on the long list will be published in the 2018 Stories of Life anthology. Long listed stories are also in the running for a prize.
The shortlist will be announced on 31 October. We look forward to announcing this year’s winners at the book launch, which will be towards the end of November.
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To those whose stories do not appear in today’s long list, we urge you not to lose heart and to avail yourself to our free writing resources and workshops next year. Continue telling and celebrating your stories of faith. A book has a limited number of pages, but there’s no limit to the number of stories of life we tell one another, stories that speak of hope and shape our world.

Tabor Open Stories of Life Long List

Glenda Austin – Still Giving from Heaven

Molly Bennett – That Boy of Mine

Lisa Birch – Paid in Full

Wendy Boniface – Epiphany in Fiji

Tsung Chung – The Year

Stella Fortunata Collins – Even in the Darkness, the Stars Still Shine

Ester de Boer – Three Dummies in a Dinghy

Juni Desireé Hoel – Genius

Liz Donald – Twenty-one Days

Patricia Elder – Flawed

Gaynor Faulkner – A String of Beans

Liisa Grace-Baun – We Met on Strava

Jeanette Grant-Thomson – My Friend Peter

Megan Higginson – An Angel to Watch Over Them

June Hopkins – Footsteps in the Sea

Levin Lian – A Path in the Stars

Margot Ogilvie – Grab the Popcorn – God Saved Me

Yvonne Smuts – Skipping

Heidi Tai – Closing the Cultural Gap

Vickie Walker – Taking it All For Granted

Eternity Matters Short Stories of Life Long List

Donna Albrecht – I was a Church Planter for the New Age movement

Craig Chapman – Bird Man

Ester de Boer – Under the Frangipani Tree

Juni Desireé Hoel – Miracle

Adah Doebele – The Great Physician

John Alexander Duthie – Struggling with my Faith

Trevor Hampel – A Thin, Delicate Thread

Grant Lock – The Light. The Voice. The Music.

Tracey Meg – Wanna Swap?

Yvette Cusack – Always with Me

Robynne Milne – More Precious Than Cups and Saucers

Beth Robertson – Stolen but not Robbed

RJ Rodda – She Stood Up

Levi Schubert – A Realisation

Lutheran Education Youth Category Long List

Hannah Elliot – Love Doesn’t Age

Yasmin Esther – The Florence Fiasco

Madeline Hains – When All Hope is Lost

Brooke Joppich – Grandpa Really Nailed It

Ethan Joppich – Breakneck Speed

Chelsea Rose – One Blessed Cat

Cleo B – Finding a Home

 

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 hello@storiesoflife.net 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.