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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. Donation to date is $1350.

Judges Report - 2011

First prize - Nanna Knows by Richard Brookton

An enjoyable, well-written story about Samís grandmother, who suffers from Alzheimerís. With clues from his gran, "detective" Sam finds the box which contains her dead brother's letters. The thread of humour throughout keeps the story light. An accurate portrayal of a relationship between grandmother and grandchild.

Second prize - Sophie's Treasure by Carmen Gowans

With its unexpected ending, this bittersweet story has a theme that is highly relevant to the Charlotte Duncan Award. The narratorís voice is believable and the imagery is both delicate and powerful. The disparate parallel stories merge to form a satisfying conclusion.

Third Prize - The Race by David Rish

A story that builds with suspense, anticipation and energy as the plot unfolds. Effective writing style, word choice and description of events add to the reading experience.

Paul Collins
Judge, Charlotte Duncan Award 2011

Charlotte Duncan Award 2011
Shortlist and Winners

First prize

Nanna knows

Richard Brookton

Second prize

Sophie's Treasure

Carmen Gowans

Third prize

The Race

David Rish


The Invitation

Jo Antareau


Short listed


Betty Jennings

Short listed

Diary of a new best friend

Christine Wright

Short listed

Valerie's race

Cherri Ryan


Previous years results

Charlotte Duncan Award - 2010

Charlotte Duncan Award - 2009