The Golden Jubilee Writing Competition was designed to encourage 2017 UQ students and recent graduates to share their personal stories in a short memoir form. The competition was open for entries in September 2017, and winners announced in October 2017. Entrants were then current students (undergraduate, post-graduate and/or Research Higher Degree student at the time of submission). Stories were judged on originality, structure, voice and style, and writing mechanics. For information on the members of our Judging Panel, click here.
Four prizes were awarded for the Golden Jubilee Student Writing Competition. The judging panel selected three winning stories, and we received more than 1,000 votes in our People’s Choice Award poll! Thank you to every student who entered the competition. It was a joy to read the unique and varied perspectives of contemporary life at UQ.
First Prize ($300): MySELF-ish Story by Nantana Taptamat
Second Prize ($100 Co-op Book Shop voucher): Putting one damn foot in front of the other by Lianna Heussler
Third Prize ($50 Avid Reader voucher): Surviving Campus Life by Zach Hamblin-Frohman
People’s Choice Award ($100): UQ, My Saviour ! by Aneeta Karim
Stories from the other fantastic finalists are also available on our website: A Fount to Remember by Ann Tran, A Lab Coat Was My Dream by Franchesca Velarde, Missing in Action by Jessica Kennedy, and A Physicist and Businesswoman Meet at the Rubbish Bin by Megan Ventura.