Hal Poerter Short Story competition 2017
The winner of the $1000 prize for The East Gippsland Shire Council, Hal Porter Short Story competition for 2017 is Simon Rowe for his story titled Crossing the Ditch.

Simon Rowe grew up in small town New Zealand and big city Australia. He writes short fiction and screenplays from a small room in an old house overlooking a samurai castle in Himeji city, western Honshu.


His stories have appeared in TIME Asia, The New York Times, The Weekend Australian and The Paris Review. Good Night Papa: Short Stories from Japan and Elsewhere (2017, Atlas Jones & Co., paperback) is his first book and is available at Readings bookstores in Melbourne, or through his website


The judges chose the winning story for the professionalism of its prose. The story was clear, simple and direct. Told form a boy’s point of view, this story of migration showed the stresses that moving into the unknown hold for probably all migrants.


Short listed stories …


The anonymous entries were read by one judge and shortlisted to 15 stories. Next the other two judges shortlisted to their top four. Discussion then took place. The shortlist from 155 entries:


Divine Detail by Rosemary Allan (Qld)

Bridging Worlds by Kerrin O’Sullivan (Vic)

Beggar’s Chicken by Deb Wain (Vic).


These writers receive book prizes donated by the University of Queensland Press. The judges congratulate and encourage the winner and shortlisted writers.                    


Peter Millard – Competition organiser


The winner of the $1000 prize for The East Gippsland Shire Council, Hal Porter Short Story competition for 2017 is Simon Rowe for his story titled Crossing the Ditch.

Download previous years winning stories:

2016 RJ Tennyson

Tonight's the night I'm going to shine

RJ Tennyson is a writer of short stories (and unfinished novels) who has been writing for pleasure since 2015. He is based south of Melbourne, on the sunny Mornington Peninsula, where he lives with his wife, daughter, two dogs, and a pair of crazy cats. He considers himself a ‘social justice junkie’ and it’s from this space that he draws inspiration for his writing. When time permits, he co-authors the blog FlashFictionFanatics with a fellow writer and friend.

2015 Amanda Wilson

Mr and Mrs Hopper, Room Eighteen.

Amanda Wilson is a daytime Librarian and an evening wordsmith. She likes reading old erotic fiction and wandering her Spotswood neighbourhood at dawn, when the industrial rail yards look like sleepy river towns.

2014 Kerrin O'Sullivan Post-Partum

Kerrin is a Melbourne-based writer with a love of words and faraway places. She finds inspiration in, and is more than slightly in awe of, the intricacies of language, its nuance and mystery. Her published writings include short fiction and creative non-fiction and have appeared in various journals and anthologies including Southerly, Kill Your Darlings, the Victorian Writer, Write Now and Aesthetica

2013 Claire Aman Love me tender

Claire says she has always been a daydreamer and always liked reading. She hasn’t studied creative writing. She wrote a novel once. It wasn’t published but it taught her how to write. She loves writing short stories. She likes sifting through the lazy subconscious, pushing preoccupations around and coming up with things she didn’t know she knew.

Read the winning story: Crossing the Ditch by Simon Rowe


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