Furphy literary prizes decided

By Madeleine Caccianiga

Under the pen name of Tom Collins, Joseph Furphy wrote a number of books and articles leaving his best known work Such is Life to continue his legacy known as the Joseph Furphy Commemorative Literary Prize.

In its 26th year, the literary prize was announced on Sunday.

Goulburn Valley Libraries senior projects librarian Jan Sutton said the short-listed and winning entries had been printed and were available to borrow from the library.

‘‘We were very pleased today to present the short-listed and the winners for the 2018 Joseph Furphy commemorative Literary Prize,’’ Ms Sutton said.

The youth section for poetry entrants up to 18 years of age was awarded to Riley Wooster, taking home a prize of $75.

The open section for poetry was awarded to Leanne Wicks, carrying out a prize of $150 for her poem of up to 40 lines.

The junior section for entrants up to 12 years of age was awarded to Jayden Lamb and Emily Davies this year for their stories up to 2000 words.

‘‘It’s quite unusual, but the judge felt they were just two such very good stories that she awarded two junior short stories this year,’’ Ms Sutton said.

The youth section, for entrants 13 to 18 years of age, was awarded to Grace Sandlers taking home a prize of $100 for her story within 3000 words.

The open section prize was awarded to Margaret Guppy for her short story within a maximum word limit of 3500.

Ms Sutton said the prize money every year was generously donated by the Furphy Foundry and expressed her thanks to all five judges who donated their time to support the event.