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The Charlotte Duncan Award was established in 2009 in memory of our baby daughter, Charlotte Duncan, to raise funds for the neo-natal unit at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital. The 2010 Donation is $450.

Judges Report - 2010

What does a literary judge look for when choosing "the best" story? This judge looked for writing style; depth; plot. I believe these three ingredients take care of a multitude of other sins, such as poor grammar; spelling errors; MS presentation.

There was a wide range of stories entered with a range of themes. This year, the decision between first and second place was difficult. The story chosen for second place was well written, had a great plot and was emotive, Both stories show potential however the wonderful use of similes was what made the winner stand out. To my mind the winning story has all three ingredients.

Paul Collins
Judge, Charlotte Duncan Award 2010

Shortlist and Winners 2010

First prize

The secret of my success

Sharon Hammad

Second prize

Invisible gran

Marian McGuinness

Third Prize

Sam and the knight suit

Liliane Grace

Celapene Press Commendation

The best scarf in the world, a diary

Peta Biggin


Short listed

Ice Cream Sunday

Mitch Lewis

Short listed

Grandpa and the Great Lobretto

Margaret Wilson

Short listed

Jake's new friend

Barbara Gurney

Short listed

The happening

Lesley Reed

Short listed

My reward

Jennifer Crane

Short listed

Butterflies and Houses

Bronwen Webb

Short listed

Catch a falling star

Alice Godwin