Previous winners and runners up Shastra Deo, ALS Gold Medallist and author of the poetry collection The Agonist (UQP). Rebecca Jessen, the multi-award winning poet and author of the verse-novel Gap (UQP). Chris Somerville, author of the short story collection We Are Not the Same Anymore (UQP). Tara June Winch, author of two short story collections Swallow the Air (UQP) and After the Carnage (UQP). Her debut novel The Yield (Penguin Random House) is forthcoming. Christopher Currie, author of the YA novel Clancy of the Undertow (Text) and Commonwealth Book Prize finalist The Ottoman Motel (Text). Benjamin Law, multi-disciplinary author, screenwriter and journalist. Ben’s books include The Family Law (Black Inc.), Gaysia (Black Inc.) and Law School (Brow Books). Romy Ash, author of Floundering (Text). Past winners 2018 Everyone Will Be There 18-25 Winner Ellen Wengert 18-25 Winner Ellen Wengert Download Red Gum 18-25 runner up Chloe Mark 18-25 runner up Chloe Mark Download These Broken Souls of Ours 15-17 winner Helen Yesberg 15-17 winner Helen Yesberg Download Little Firefly 15-17 runner up Kiarni Burton 15-17 runner up Kiarni Burton Download 2017 Every Idea I Had For My Australian Short Story Collection 18-15 winner Jonathan O'Brien 18-15 winner Jonathan O'Brien Download Mango Chutney 18-25 runner up Zarin Nuzhat 18-25 runner up Zarin Nuzhat Download We Cut Strings 15-17 winner Gina Song 15-17 winner Gina Song Download The Lucky Country 15-17 runner up Jesse Hyden 15-17 runner up Jesse Hyden Download 2016 An Overflow of Dust 18-25 winner Tee Indawongse 18-25 winner Tee Indawongse Download Falls 18-25 runner up Chloë Reeson 18-25 runner up Chloë Reeson Download Oblivion 15-17 winner Anne Chen 15-17 winner Anne Chen Download Bitter Melon 15-17 runner up Bella Zhong 15-17 runner up Bella Zhong Download 2015 Surface 18-25 winner Grace McCarter 18-25 winner Grace McCarter Download January Days 18-25 runner up Faith Mudge 18-25 runner up Faith Mudge Download The Washing of Iniquity 15-17 winner Rosie McCrossin 15-17 winner Rosie McCrossin Download Cher Pere 15-17 runner up Clara Harin Lee 15-17 runner up Clara Harin Lee Download 2014 Zen Master Winner Michael Day Winner Michael Day Download Fish Runner up Lucinda Bopf Runner up Lucinda Bopf Download 2013 Lingerie Winner Kahli Scott Winner Kahli Scott Download On the Mend Runner up Nabila Ahmed Runner up Nabila Ahmed Download 2012 Gap Winner Rebecca Jessen Winner Rebecca Jessen Download The Minutes Turn to Ours Runner up Shastra Deo Runner up Shastra Deo Download 2011 Freedom Mangoes Winner Daniel Foskey Winner Daniel Foskey Download Rips Encouragement award Deanna Antoniolli Encouragement award Deanna Antoniolli Download 2010 The road to the river Winner Sarah Boothroyd Winner Sarah Boothroyd Download Hobbe's Samoyed Acquisition Encouragement award Helen Brake Encouragement award Helen Brake Download 2009 The lunar coast Winner Megan McGrath Winner Megan McGrath Download What Sort of Heroine Encouragement award Liam O'Brien Encouragement award Liam O'Brien Download 2008 The Life of Brian (or lack thereof) Winner Maree Spratt Winner Maree Spratt Download My Mechanical Heart Encouragement Award Kathleen Noud Encouragement Award Kathleen Noud Download 2007 The Broom Closet Winner Joel Glazebrook Winner Joel Glazebrook Download Fuel for Loneliness Encouragement Award Megan McGrath Encouragement Award Megan McGrath Download 2006 Thoughts while night travelling Winner James Halford Winner James Halford Download Simon Says Encouragement Award Benjamin Law Encouragement Award Benjamin Law Download 2005 Nom de guerre Winner Christopher Boulton Winner Christopher Boulton Download A glass jar filled Encouragement Award Chloe Evans Encouragement Award Chloe Evans Download 2004 Adhan Winner Talim Arab Winner Talim Arab Download Only Dogs and I Encouragement Award Christopher Boulton Encouragement Award Christopher Boulton Download 2003 When I was Rising and Falling in the Sea Winner Chris Somerville Winner Chris Somerville Download Swallow the Air Encouragement Award Tara June Winch Encouragement Award Tara June Winch Download 2002 Sometimes Scary Winner Rachel Rutter Winner Rachel Rutter Download The Quiet Death of the Day Encouragement Award Chris Currie Encouragement Award Chris Currie Download 2001 Love Winner Alasdair Duncan Winner Alasdair Duncan Download The Mango Tree Encouragement Award Romy Ash Encouragement Award Romy Ash Download 2000 Motorbike Man Winner Rhianna Boyle Winner Rhianna Boyle Download St Nick Runner up Luise Hoffmann Runner up Luise Hoffmann Download 1999 Eight Parts of Anka Winner Rebekah Scott Winner Rebekah Scott Download Deep Waters Seek Order Runner up Carmen Leigh Keates Runner up Carmen Leigh Keates Download 1998 The Contemplators Winner Christopher John Boulton Winner Christopher John Boulton Download Grasshoppers Runner up Maureen Donahoe Runner up Maureen Donahoe Download From 2001 to 2011 the Maureen Donahoe Encouragement Award was given in memory of the late Maureen Donahoe, a promising young writer who was the first runner up in the Young Writers Award 1998.