Victorian author takes top gong in Banjo Paterson Writing Awards

THE winners of this year's Banjo Paterson Writing Awards came from all over Australia with the best short story prize awarded to Thomas McPherson from Victoria for his work Cricket Woes.

Mr McPherson's story takes place during a country weekend cricket match.

Tasmanian Robert Leatham's short story was awarded second prize while Neville Smith's story came third.

Margaret Bradstock took out first place in the open poetry section, with Ron Stevens coming second and Brenda Saunders third.

Elizabeth Egan won the top prize in the bush poetry section with Pat Alexander taking out second place and Elizabeth Tyson-Doneley third.

First prize in the ABC central west children's writing awards was won by Mitchell Kostitch with Jemima McPhee coming second and Mary Munro third.

The Yvonne Zola encouragement award for an Orange-based writer went to Eleanor Delaney.

This year's competition attracted 70 short story entries, 85 bush poetry entries, 84 open poetry entries and 40 entries in the children's writing awards.

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