Yay! I won!

2011 Oberon Writing Competition

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve just won first place in the 2011 Oberon Writing Competition, open prose section, with my short story Invisible Dirt.


Yay! Woot woot!

Distance thwarted my ability to attend the award ceremony, which took place last Saturday in Oberon, over 200km away. But if I’d been there I would have thanked my hubbie for reading Invisible Dirt prior to my entering it in the competition and of course the organisers and judges of the competition. Competitions such as these mean the world to us writers. So thank you and… yay!

Here’s a full list of the results:


My fab certificate!

1st – Zena Shapter, Invisible Dirt
2nd – Bea Norrie, 1992
Highly Commended – M E (Leigh Glascott), Rounders


1st – George Clark, Childhood Memories
2nd – Michele Fermanis-Winward, Tailor Made


1st – Chloe Swannel
2nd – Josie Schmitz
Highly Commended – Zoe Robinson and William Wilson


1st – Jackson Denham
2nd – Rachael Swannell
Highly Commended – John Swannell and Trent Dwyer

Congratulations everyone! Lets all do a happy dance together!

Zena Shapter

I write from a castle in a flying city hidden by a thundercloud. #Ditmar Award-winning author. Movie buff. Traveller. Wine lover. Story nerd. Book Creator & Mentor. Founder & leader of the award-winning Northern Beaches Writers' Group / ZF Kingbolt.


  1. Congrats! Now… where can this fine story be read, is it online?

    • Unfortunately not Ed. I believe it was read at the awards ceremony, but as yet it’s unpublished. I’ll have to see if I can give those rights to an anthology or magazine instead.

      Thanks for your interest though! I’m chuffed you thought to ask 😀

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