Short story could land cash prize
A LOVE story by a Lismore Heights author has been short-listed in one of Australia's biggest short story competitions.
Michael Hunt, 50, is in the running to win the $1500 first prize, which will be awarded to the winner of the short story competition in the Boroondara Literary Awards, which is judged by author Garry Disher.
Mr Hunt described his story, New World, as a love story with a surprise ending.
"It's about the way people create their own world when they are in love, which is separate and self-contained," he said.
Mr Hunt began writing when he became a father 12 years ago.
"When she had her afternoon nap I would start writing stories and it just grew from there," he said.
Entering competitions can be a nerve- wracking experience, but Mr Hunt said it can also provide an important boost for writers.
"You need feedback to hone your craft because writing is so solitary," he said.
"I would recommend for any writer to enter competitions."