Wright wins 2021 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award
David Thomas Henry Wright has won the 2021 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award for A Condensed History of the Australian Camel.
Judge Roanna Gonsalves described Wright’s entry as ‘a work of extraordinary imagination, a masterful display of the possibilities of language that speaks to our contemporary human concerns in a unique and delightful way’.
Also announced were two runners-up: Dominique Hecq for her collection Smacked, and Rashida Murphy for The Bonesetter’s Fee and Other Stories. The winning works were selected from a shortlist of 12 announced in June. Wright receives $3000, while Hecq and Murphy receive $1000 each.
Su May Tan’s Lake Malibu and Other Stories (entered as Lake Corona and Other Stories), Odette Des Forges’ Woman Walks Into A Bar and Emma Ashmere’s The Missing were highly commended.
A Condensed History of the Australian Camel will be presented as an interactive installation in 2022. While Smacked, The Bonesetter’s Fee and Other Stories and Lake Malibu and Other Stories will be published in print format by Spineless Wonders in January 2022. Smacked and The Bonesetter’s Fee will also be released as an audiobook produced by Spineless Wonders Audio.
Launched in 2017, the Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award is hosted by short fiction publisher Spineless Wonders and showcases new works of short fiction from Australian authors. Last year’s winner was Michalia Arathimos for her short story collection Apologia.