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Judge in focus: Kit Densley

Pleased to introduce the 2019 Eternity Matters Short Stories of Life judge, Kit Densley.

It’s so important to be able to tell your story. Stories of Life isn’t just a competition, but also a chance to workshop and hone your skills. Then your story is given the chance to make an impact in someone’s life.

Kit Densley

Kit has been on the airwaves with 1079 Life for over 4 years and has studied short story and creative arts in various forms. She loves stories and people and enjoys spending time helping people share their stories, whether on air, in print or online.

Judge in focus: Ruth Bonetti

Ruth Bonetti is the 2019 Stories of Life judge for the Lutheran Education Young Stories of Life.

Ruth Bonetti at the launch of her book Midnight Sun to Southern Cross

Ruth grew up in the arid Queensland outback, intrigued by the strange-accented relatives she met on holidays near Byron Bay, in areas developed by her power-house grandfather W. A. Back.

Ruth’s career in classical music became a passport to the world.

Destiny led her to live in Sweden, directly across the Gulf of Bothnia from Granddad’s birthplace in Finland. There she researched his story, and that of the black-sheep brother who in 1899 fled with Russians in pursuit to Suez.

Ruth is author/editor of a dozen publications about music, education and performance, five through Words and Music and two with Oxford University Press. Burn My Letters, Book 1 of the Back Brothers’ saga, won the 2017 Omega Writers’ Caleb Award for Nonfiction.

2018 Story of Life Winners and Runners Up

    Tabor Stories of Life


String of beans by Gaynor Faulkner

Runners up

21 days by Liz Donald

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


Under the Frangipani Tree by Ester de Boer

Runners Up

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



Lutheran Education Young Stories of Life


Breakneck Speed by Ethan Joppich

Runners Up

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