Zarin Nuzhat was the first runner-up in 2021. Zarin works in Brisbane as a junior doctor. Judges said her story, 'Friday', is a "compelling and convincing story that is effectively structured and emotionally moving". A past runner-up of the Young Writers Award, Zarin received $500.
Ellie Kaddatz was named second runner-up in 2021. Her story, 'Precious Cargo', was described by the judges as "expressive ... [tackling] a topical subject with emotional sensitivity and is a convincing and accomplished read". Ellie is a QUT creative writing student.