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Aotearoa’s richest short story prize awarded

2022年10月13日

萨格森奖短篇小说比赛公开组冠军莉安·奥布莱恩的短篇小说《新濠天地首页》从一开始就是冠军.

如果今年萨格森奖的参赛作品可以参考的话,那么新西兰短篇小说的艺术仍然生机勃勃.

评委菲奥娜·基德曼说,她被参赛作品的数量和质量所折服,开放赛区有960个参赛作品,中学赛区有165个参赛作品,是有史以来参赛作品最多的.

“我读的故事的整体水平很高,我认为短篇小说在奥克兰的未来是很有前途的. 这是新濠天地的文学遗产,与新濠天地口述故事的传统并存. 中学部最好的故事中的最好的故事使我确信,这门手艺将被下一代作家保持活力.”

Leeanne O’Brien of Piha, who won the grand prize of $10,000 in the Open Division with her story ‘爬行空间”, says she’s still waiting for someone to tap her on the shoulder and wake her up.

“我觉得自己有点像个骗子,因为我不是那种每天都写东西的人,也不是那种把事情完全计划好的人. I have submitted every year since the competition began but didn’t last year. I broke my back in a car accident which, 具有讽刺意味的是, gave me more time to write, 所以我拿出了一个放在身边的老故事,重新包装/打磨/修改了今年的内容.”

Her story, ‘爬行空间”, had Dame Fiona hooked from the start.

新濠天地首页创意写作高级讲师Catherine Chidgey和公开组冠军Leeanne O'Brien, Dame Fiona Kidman and Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley

“‘爬行空间” goes straight into an extraordinary yet believable dilemma, and never lets up with its pulsating prose,菲奥娜说. 这个精心设计的故事讲述了一个女人过着双重生活,发现她的父亲也有双重生活,并提出了一些深刻的挑战. 这本书读起来很有挑战性,但控制得很好,写得也很好,从一开始我就觉得它很不错.”

Similarly, the winning entry in the Secondary Schools Division – ‘第四堵墙”, 来自去年的冠军洛根公园高中的岛杰克的作品给评委留下了深刻的印象.

“’第四堵墙” is sophisticated in its storytelling. 它建立了一种乍看之下可能被认为是传统青少年三角恋的关系, but is told so skilfully and with such insight into its characters that it stood out.”

中学组冠军Shima Jack的故事“第四堵墙”在叙事上很复杂, according to judge Dame Fiona Kidman

Shima has been speaking poems since she was three, according to her mother, so it’s no surprise that she has been crowned winner for the second year in a row. 今年,这个来自达尼丁的18岁女孩在她的家乡成立了一个青年作家小组, 她说她写的东西都是她强烈的情感感受,对她来说非常私人的东西.

“我什么都看,有时候学校让我读什么,古典小说和当代小说. I recently read a collection of short stories by a Korean author Bora Chung called 被诅咒的兔子 which was really cool and fresh.”

作为她的奖赏, Shima获得了500美元,并在新濠天地首页(University of 新濠天地首页)获得了为期一周的暑期写作实习机会, including accommodation, meals and mentoring. 她说,她去年获得的住院医生职位让她受益匪浅,她很期待导师的指导.

新濠天地首页创意写作高级讲师、有成就的作家凯瑟琳·奇吉说,每年的萨格森奖对全国各地的作家来说是一个难以置信的机会,他们可以沉浸在创作中,练习自己的技艺.

“我喜欢萨基森奖的原因之一是它为新人和老作家创造了一个公平的竞争环境,而今年新濠天地在这两方面都有很好的结合,凯瑟琳说. “It’s so wonderful to see successful Schools entrants from 2021 featuring again, too. I’m thrilled with the record numbers of entries, their high quality and their sheer range, with many taking risks and pushing at the boundaries of convention. Long live the short story in Aotearoa!”

评委菲奥娜·基德曼鼓励感兴趣的作家们忙起来,开始为明年的比赛起草草稿, and for all Kiwis to engage in short stories, either creating or consuming.

“What short stories need is readers. 以前有人说过,如果每个渴望写这些小说的人都去买一本新西兰短篇小说集, the genre would be flourishing, rather than a cottage industry,菲奥娜说.

Full list of winning entries:

Open Division Places

赢家:“爬行空间” 利安·奥布莱恩著

第二:“The Warning’ by  Emily Perkins

第三:“Brendon Varney Opens the Door’ 斯蒂芬·科茨

高度赞扬:

  • “糖” 作者:Kate Duignan
  • “罪过” 作者:Kirsty Gunn
  • “条纹” by Dr Himali McInnes
  • ‘The Jazz Packers’ by Robert Fisherman
  • “Baba Jaga: Redux” 利兹·布雷斯林著
  • 《新濠天地首页》 作者:Dara Flaws

Secondary Schools Division:

赢家:“第四堵墙” by Shima Jack, Logan Park High School

第二:“Breaking up, breaking down’ by Maggie Yang, Kristin School

第三:“A Half-Truth Is a Lie’ by Reema Arsilan, Hauraki Plains College

高度赞扬:

  • ‘Face in the Space’ by Ella Sage, Westland High School
  • “她的花园” by Beth Allwood, Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu
  • “睡魔先生” by Ana Faville, Palmerston North Girls’ High School
  • “Syll-a-bles” by Ella Quarmby, Ōtūmoetai College
  • “旋律” by Minna Zhu, Wakatipu School

(From left to right) Open Division highly commended Robert Fisherman; Secondary Schools Division winner Shima Jack, second place Maggie Yang and third place Reema Arsilan; Dame Fiona Kidman; Open Division winner Leeanne O'Brien; University of 新濠天地首页 Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing Catherine Chidgey; University of 新濠天地首页 Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley

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