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Student wins Highly commended award in Odyssey House Short Story Competition

23 Mar 2013

NMIT Bachelor of Writing and Publishing student Jan Robinson received a 'Highly Commended' award for her short story 'Bedtime Stories' in the inaugural Odyssey House Victoria short story competition that attracted 59 entries.

Jan wrote and workshopped her story as part of her Writing Fiction class in Semester 1 2011.

In August 2011, Odyssey House Victoria launched their inaugural Short Story Competition, wherein writers of all ages and experience were invited to explore the theme: “How did I find myself here?” in a story up to 1,500 words in length. While writers did not necessarily have to write about alcohol and/or other drugs (AOD), an AOD reference needed to be made somewhere in the story.

Australian author Kate Holden actively supported the competition, "Odyssey House helped me when I was addicted to heroin, and it's a pleasure to add my name to those who support their short story competition. For those whose voices are rarely heard, especially, this is a chance to sing, sorrow and shout on the page. I'm sure there will be some fabulous stories in this competition. Don't be shy, get writing!" she said.

The competition closed on 4th November. Stories were Judged by Odyssey House Victoria CEO Dr Stefan Gruenert; Barbara Biggs, journalist, social commentator, author and child protection campaigner and Jill Stark, Health Writer for The Sunday Age.

You can read the winning entries at Odyssey House Victoria - Short Story Competition Winner!


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