Current members of the OutStanding Committee
Sophie Robinson (guest judge 2017) is studying Gender Studies and History at the University of New South Wales, currently completing her PhD thesis which explores the history of lesbian activism in Australia from 1969 through to 2000. Sophie is also Vice President of Sydney’s Pride History Group that works to collect and preserve Sydney’s LGBTQIA+ histories. She has written numerous articles for Lesbians on the Loose Magazine about Sydney’s lesbian histories, and published academic articles on Australian lesbian communities, Women’s Liberation, Gay Liberation, and Australian masculinities. Not only is the thought of reading short stories (as opposed to drafts of her thesis) appealing to Sophie, but as a feminist, historian and lesbian she is also really excited about further engaging with the stories, voices and creativity of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Gail Hewison (judge, competition management, Facebook, publicity and liaison) Gail is an enthusiastic member of our OutStanding Committee with a long term commitment to the queer lit community. Through her work at The Feminist Bookshop 1982 – 2011, she was awarded an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) for services to community and especially for services to emerging authors. She reads, she writes, she loves short stories!
Robert Tait (judge, competition management, venue and partner liaison) Robert is the author of several novels, including Trashtown and Perfect Gay Marriage, chronicling gay life in contemporary Australia. As a long-term member of Sydney’s Queerlit community he strongly believes we should be more vigorous in writing and sharing our own distinctive Antipodean LGBTQIA+ stories.
Nicky Bryson (fundraising, digital content, competition administration, event emcee)
Nicky is a communications specialist with an extensive background in public relations, journalism and copywriting. Nicky has a profound passion for networking and philanthropy, and has leveraged these skills across a variety of event-based and digital campaigns. She has also significantly contributed to the success of several community organisations, including the SGLBA (Media & Communications Board Director) and the Aurora Group (VIP Liaison & Bookings Director).