Minds Shine Bright writing competition Confidence 2022 Awards

Confidence, Minds Shine Bright’s anthology featuring winning and commended entries from the Minds Shine Bright writing competition Confidence

Congratulations to the winners and commended entries which together form the Short List for the Minds Shine Bright writing competition Confidence 2022. Each of these writers is published in Confidence, which is the first in a series of anthologies by Minds Shine Bright exploring the theme of confidence through fiction.

The overall winner for the inaugural Minds Shine Bright writing competition Confidence 2022 is Françoise Thornton-Smith for short story Red Bikini.

The joint winners for the poetry category,  are Kevin Dyer, Dahlias and Michael Leach Emergence of Voice.

The winner of the flash fiction category is Poppy Brazier Flying Free.

The winner of the script category is Jed Stanley Beaucoup Bills.

The winner of the short story category is Alexandra Svoboda All the Pain and all the Joy.

Commended entries:


Charlotte Finn Treading on Water

 Jennifer Harrison Grandmother

 Mocco Wollert Jessica at fifteen

 Juliet Guthrie the last heady days

Clare Le Fossil

Ella Mitchell Beautiful Things

Sadie Yetton Party Song

Rafael S.W. Stag Nation

Drew Grant Night Owl

Diana Stoicescu Debarked

Peter Fitzgerald Mudgee Railway Station

Olga Pavlinova Olenich The Line of Trees

Heather Compton Somewhere: 2021

Janeen Samuel Parrot People

 Morouje Sherif When the Sea Takes You I Won’t Come

Shoshanna Rockman Dragons Don’t Smoke

Jericho Ellao The Kingdom of the Over-world

Lee A Baglin Of Machine and Love

Karen Lee Mills A Northern Flicker

Olivia Campbell The People of the Art

Short Story

Claire Dalkin Microbial

Karen Lethlean Catch and Release

 Jaydan Salzke Rite of Passage

Aoife McFadden Distorted Lens

 Anna Rodway Mabel

Regina de Búrca Sovereign

 Evelyn Menary Victory Memorial

Steve Fendt Gone South

 Jennifer Hurley Tree of Knowledge

Flash Fiction 

Kate Foulds Acorn

C Sullivan Morning Chorus

Leni Maag Sarah

David Edwards Chilblains

Eve Nucifora Trumpet

 Lesley Day Poached

 Amelia Carter  The Currawong

Sue Hall Barred Rock

 Scott Hallarn Townscapes

Jessica Kilkenny Move

 Hannah Small Confidence in Healing

4 thoughts on “Minds Shine Bright writing competition Confidence 2022 Awards

  1. Thank you, Amanda, for an amazing evening! Congrats to all winning & commended writers!

    1. Yes it was a wonderful evening. It was magical to hear CONFIDENCE come to life through the readings from writers and poets. Thank you Jenny for your beautiful words.

  2. thank you for letting me be apart of this anthology! and a big thank you to the editors, other fellow writers & speakers from lastnight who courageously shared their work. Big thank you to yourself Amanda for organising everything❤️

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