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Furphy Literary Award 2020 winners announced

The winners of the inaugural Furphy Literary Award have been announced.

Ruby Todd won the $15,000 open category for her short story ‘Awakening’, chosen from a shortlist announced in early July. The stories ‘Pub Raffle’ by Ya Reeves and ‘Ando Gets Plastered’ by Cate Kennedy were highly commended.

The winners in the other categories, which have a total prize pool of $1350, are ‘Off Track’ by Lila Plunkett (junior), ‘An Atlantic Night’ by Elly Miechel (youth) and ‘Persimmons’ by Miya Smith (youth poetry).

Originally established in 1993 as the Joseph Furphy Commemorative Literary Prize, which was open to Goulburn Valley residents, the award was re-launched as a national prize this year. The 2020 judges were historian Clare Wright, journalist and author John Harms, playwright Marg Hickey, crime novelist John Kerr, journalist and writer Thornton McCamish, and novelist Anson Cameron, who is a relative of Joseph Furphy.

The winning works can be read on the Furphy website.


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