Mary Jones the Writer

Shortlisted – twice!

I’ve been on holiday in the UK for the last month, and while away I got news of two poetry successes. I’m shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize, so I’m in the last 30 and will be published in the anthology. Also, I’m on the shortlist of 25 in the Wells Festival of Literature Poetry Competition.

Just to put a little more icing on the cake, I have a poem in the Grieve 2015 e-book anthology coming out later this month, and I’ve received¬† Special Mentions in the SWWV Biennial Literary Award, both Short Story and Article categories.


In honour of the holiday we’re taking next month on the Island of Herm in the Channel Islands:

There was a young lady from Herm,
Who got cold and succumbed to a germ.
Her snuffles and sneezes
Created such breezes,
It totally ruined her perm.

Another Anthology

My poem ‘Fish’ appears in the Poetica Christi Press Poetry Anthology ‘Inner Child’, which was launched on Saturday July 25th

The anthology “City of Stars’, an anthology of love poems for Frankston edited by Avril Bradley, will be launched by the Deputy Mayor of Frankston on Sunday September 27th at Harry’s Studio in the grounds of The McClelland Art Gallery and Sculpture Park. It contains my poems ‘Tardis’ and ‘Director’s Cut’.

Poetry Anthology

There is to be an anthology of poems about Frankston, titled ‘City of Stars’. It will be published by Ginninderra Press and will come out later this year. I have two poems in this anthology.

Short Stories Again

I recently got congratulated on winning a commendation in a competition I didn’t know had been judged yet! I must have missed the notification and invitation to the award ceremony. But I now have a certificate to say I have an Encouragement Award in the Waterline Writing Competition, for an entry in the Glen Miles Short Story Prize.

I also won the Christmas Competition at the Society of Women Writers Victoria Christmas meeting and party, for a three-minute story performed at the event.

Short Story and Poetry Successes

I’ve progressed at last from the ‘commended’ category – I’ve won Third Prize ($100) in the City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards!

I’ve also been told that the poem I entered in the Henry Kendall Poetry Award has been chosen to go in the Anthology based on the competition – I don’t know whether this means it was longlisted, shortlisted or is in line for one of the prizes (results due next month), but in any case it’s always nice to get a published credit.

I’ve also heard that one of my poems published in ‘The Mozzie’ magazine has been chosen to be re-published in New Zealand in the magazine ‘Valley Micropress’.

Soapbox Poetry

The first Anywhere Theatre Festival gig is upon us – no idea what to expect in the way of audience or their reaction, but we have a varied program of poetry from a diverse group of poets, so we hope there will be something for everyone. And anyway, they can’t really grumble because it’s free!

On the short story front, I’ve now been commended in the Margaret Hazzard award for short stories, so I must still be doing something right – but not quite right enough, because I keep not actually winning!

Short Stories and Poems

My short story ‘Craftwork’ has been short-listed in the Eastwood/Hills Fellowship of Australian Writers 2014 Short Story Competition. (This is the original story from which I developed a play-script of the same name, which has been performed on Radio 3RPP.)

My three poems ‘Nostalgia Trip’, ‘Ladies Who Lunch’, and ‘Pied Cormorant’, appear in the July/August edition of Quadrant magazine.

Peninsula Poets are performing as part of Zinefest at Frankston Arts Centre on Saturday July 19th. This will be a taster for our full-scale performances in the Frankston ‘Theatre Anywhere Festival’ in August/September.


Peninsula Poets in Theatre Anywhere Festival

The highly successful ‘Theatre Anywhere’ festival from Brisbane is now also starting up in Frankston, and Peninsula Poets are performing in two gigs at the end of August and beginning of September as part of the festival. Events are being finalised, and the full programme will be announced at the festival launch on Tuesday July 22nd.

Short story success

I’ve been shortlisted for the Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Award, for a story of less than 600 words. I won’t know until next weekend whether I’m one of the main prizewinners or not. I fully expect to fulfil my usual role of bridesmaid – but you never know! You can find the story here, as the May entry on the ‘Extract of the Month’ page.

Update: The results are now out. There were 307 entries, three cash prizes, five highly commended entries and five commended. Mine was one of the highly commended.


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