Here are our 2022 Winners.  Please read The Judges Report 2022   

Annika Herb.  First Place for “Love is a Powder Blue Suit

Annika receives $1,000 + 2 Tickets to a Mardi Gras 2023 event.

Annika Herb is a queer writer and academic living on Awabakal Country, in Newcastle. She has a PhD in English and Creative Writing with a specialisation in Young Adult literature, gender, and sexuality. She has a short story published in the Neo Perennial Press Heroines anthology, and won the Affirm Press Mentorship Award for her Young Adult manuscript, The Pieces of You, which also won the Pitch Competition at the Writing NSW Kids & YA Festival, 2022. Annika is a passionate advocate for queer Australian YA stories, and tea.


Lisa Onland.  Second Place for “Room 209

Lisa receives $300

Lisa Onland recently returned to New Zealand after over a decade living abroad. Her short fiction has been published in takahē magazine and she is currently working on her first novel. Lisa lives in Wellington with her young family.


Amy Lasslett .  Third Place for “Dishes

Amy receives $200 for third place

Amy Lasslett is a community development practitioner, artist, diarist and educator.

Influenced by her past work in Melbourne’s Self Advocacy Movement, Amy is currently developing poetry and zine making workshops for people who have intellectual disabilities, brain injuries and mental health challenges.  She believes everyone has big feelings and important thoughts that need to be shared.

This is Amy’s first writing competition entry.  She lives in Melbourne’s inner west with her wife Katie.  


Lisa Salmon.  Highly Commended for “Dance out your Grief” and the Admin Prize for “Butch on the Street

Lisa receives $100 for Highly Commended and $100 for the Admin Prize + an annual membership to Writing NSW

Lisa Salmon is a queer artist and writer from Australia. She is currently writing a memoir that tracks her role as LGBTQ publisher and provocateur during the second wave of women’s sexual liberation when the pursuit of pleasure was a powerful political protest. Current discussions about gender, feminism, identity and queer representation inform her work.


Liz Stokes.  Highly Commended for “After the Party

Liz receives $100 + an annual membership to Writing NSW

Liz Stokes (she/they) likes to write poetry, dance in magnificent yet ungainly costumes and marvel at the natural world. Liz is passionate about supporting open science communities and by day helps researchers working with data so they can use awesome compute infrastructure to do whiz bang analyses. In Sydney, Liz lives on the unceded lands of the Gadigal people, and hopes to return to the stage one day. Maybe they’ll be a writer when they grow up.


Elisa Hall.  Highly Commended for “Pissing

Elisa receives $100 + an annual membership to Writing NSW

Elisa is a queer visual artist and writer who lives on Gumbaynggirr land on the mid north coast. She has been writing for around six years and is interested in piecing together stories based on those big things, love, loss, yearning and heartbreak, and how we navigate those from within our community.  She lives with two whippets, a cat and a 13-year-old kid and teaches painting and drawing to adults.


Jimmy Twin.  Highly Commended for “The Perfect Boyfriend

Jimmy receives $100 + an annual membership to Writing NSW

Jimmy Twin (he/him) is a science communications professional based in Melbourne. In his spare time, Jimmy dabbles in creative writing, painting and comic book creation. Jimmy received a Highly Commended mention in the 2017 OutStanding Creating Writing competition and has since written and illustrated two children’s books. He is currently busy working on a new graphic novel “Researchers of Justice”. Jimmy was awarded the LGBTIQ Artist of the year at the 2020 GLOBE Community Awards and the People’s Choice Award at the 2021 Laird Men on Men Art Competition.


Leo Phimphravichith.  The Madeline Shaw Youth Prize for “The Lioness

Leo receives $300

Leo is passionate about all things sustainability, arts and culture. Based in the ACT, he is studying communications and has dreams to document his splendid adventures (who knows what they will be, splendid nonetheless). In his free time, you will find him buried in a magazine or baking a pie.