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Inaugural Ultimo Prize winners announced

Ultimo Press has announced the winners of the inaugural Ultimo Prize for poetry and short fiction.

The 30 winning writers, who each receive $200 and whose winning pieces will be published in an anthology in late 2021, are:

  • Cherie Baird
  • Alice Bellette
  • Aishah Maryam David
  • Josie Deane
  • Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn
  • Amy Duong
  • Madeleine Gray
  • Vivien Heng
  • Natasha Hertanto
  • Matilda Howard
  • Franklyn Hudson
  • Gurmeet Kaur
  • Robert Kennard
  • Andrea Kovacic
  • Quanita
  • Jennifer Nguyen
  • Ismene Panaretos
  • Georgia Rose Phillips
  • Jamaya Plackowski
  • Seth Robinson
  • Shane Scriven
  • Charlotte Snedden
  • Coco Stallman
  • Lora Subotic
  • Amy Taylor
  • Dženana Vucic
  • Sebastian Winter
  • Cassandra-Elli Yiannacou
  • Gavin Yuan Gao
  • Amelia Zhou.

The inaugural Ultimo Prize was open to writers between the ages of 18 and 30 writing on the theme of ‘identity’. Entries were assessed by the publisher’s editorial staff alongside Ultimo authors Claire G Coleman, who judged poetry, and Shankari Chandran, who judged fiction.

‘I was so excited to read the poetry entries for the Ultimo prize,’ said Coleman. ‘The writers and their work were culturally diverse, their works powerful, their language experimental and compelling. It was challenging to choose just 15 works from the entries and everybody, even those who did not succeed in making the list, should be congratulated on the quality and courage of their works.’

The Ultimo Prize Anthology will be published on 17 November 2021.


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