Issue 9
Monday, 02 November 2020
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Charles Darwin University Provost Professor Mike Wilson with Creative Non-Fiction Award winner Susannah Ritchie
Charles Darwin University Provost Professor Mike Wilson with Creative Non-Fiction Award winner Susannah Ritchie

CDU award celebrates literary talent

The literary talents of writers from across the Territory have been celebrated with the awarding of 37th annual NT Literary Awards.

Almost 200 submissions were received from Katherine, Tennant Creek, Yulara, Alice Springs and Darwin with winners sharing the $5700 prize pool.

Head of English at Haileybury Rendall School Susannah Ritchie won the Charles Darwin University Creative Non-Fiction Award taking home a prize of $500 for her creative non-fiction piece titled ‘Mother’s Day’.

Ms Richie was one of seven winners in the catergories of short story, poetry, essay, young writer, flash fiction, non-fiction works and theatre.

The judges selected the winning compositions based on their excellence in craft, originality and sense of creative flair.

The awards aim to celebrate unique and diverse talent of the Territory’s literary community; support participation and achievement in culture and the arts; and build connections with the sector and wider Territory community.

Topics covered by the winners and finalists included family relationships, death, rebirth and climate change. Other highly charged and original works touched on isolation brought on by COVID 19, the human condition and the environment.

Library and Archives NT manages the Awards in conjunction with Charles Darwin University and the NT Writers’ Centre.