The OutStanding Committee

Current members of the OutStanding Committee 

sophierobinsonSophie Robinson (guest judge)  Dr. Sophie Robinson researches and publishes on the history of lesbian activism in Australia from 1969 through to the present. Sophie is also Secretary of Sydney’s Pride History Group that works to collect and preserve Sydney’s queer histories.


gail2Gail 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 TaitRobert 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 BrysonNicky 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).

Stafford Hamilton (administration)  Stafford is a Facilities and Office manager for a global reinsurance company, managing three offices in Australia and New Zealand.  He brings high level administrative and exceptional organizing skills to assist with the back-office functions of the Outstanding Short Story Competition. A former Sydney drag performer who served for 12 years on the board of the DIVA awards, Stafford is keen to bring his knowledge, experience and diverse skill set to Outstanding.