2023 Northern Territory Literary Awards Shortlist

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Library & Archives NT would like to congratulate the local Territory writers who have been shortlisted for the 2023 Northern Territory Literary Awards.

Many excellent submissions were received across all award categories and we thank all writers for their contributions to NT literature.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, 27 September, to be held at the NT Library at Parliament House in Darwin, with the event also being livestreamed in Alice Springs.

The 2023 Northern Territory Literary Awards shortlist includes:

Brown’s Mart Theatre
The Last Anthill of the Wild Wild North - Lee Frank
Genius - Sandra Thibodeaux

Charles Darwin University Creative Non-Fiction Award
Red Lines - Mhairi Duncan
Spite Dive - Clare Bizley
Lift um Foot - James Murray

Charles Darwin University Essay Award
Song-Story 2023 - Peter Mumme
Supporting Students with Challenging Behaviour in the Northern Territory - Kieu Trang Nguyen
St Mary’s Star of the Sea War Memorial Cathedral in Darwin, Northern Territory - Josephine Vassiliou

Flash Fiction Award
Dear Education Curriculum of Australia - Dave Clark
Camel Girl - An Enchantment - Ian Dudgeon
Cross Country - Cheryl Hampton
That Old Dog - Julie U'Ren

Kath Manzie Youth Award 
AKAL – In the Shadows of the Slum – Joe Abraham
Lessons on Gold and Gods – Ella Fudge
A Futile Desire – Darshi Pandithage
Home – Geliane Vergara 

NT Writers’ Centre Poetry Award
The Language of Flowers - Janice Barr
Coming Down the Mountain at Night - Fiona Dorrell
Evidence - Fiona Dorrell
Burning Two AM Conversations - Raelke Grimmer
HONEY - Katharina Fehringer 
Visiting Hours - Kathleen McConnell
A Burnt Forest - Emma Trenorden

Zip Print Short Story Award
My brother, Martin - Siobhan Dermody
The Man In the Audience - Lee Frank
Things I Might've Shared - Lou James
Blood and Dust - A’Mhara McKey