2018 Verse & Short Story Judges Announced

The Verse & Short Story co-ordinator is pleased to announce the judges for this years competition. Read more about them here:

Short Story - Pippa Kay

Pippa Kay is a Sydney-based writer who loves reading and writing short stories.

After graduating from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and History, she studied for her Diploma of Education from Mitchell College of Advanced Education.

Her love of writing was re-kindled in the 1980s, when she attended various writing courses and joined the Fellowship of Australian Writers. She has been successful in short story competitions and some of these stories have been published in anthologies. In the 1980s and 1990s, Pippa won some short story competitions run by branches of the Fellowship of Australian Writers. Since then some of these groups have asked Pippa to judge their short story competitions.

Pippa has entered and won the following competitions for the Society of Women Writers NSW:

  • The 70th Anniversary Award for a story which was published in No Thanks or Regrets (ed. Jacqueline Kent, State Library of NSW Press, 1995);
  • The National Short Story Award, 1999; and,
  • The 90th Anniversary Award for a non-fiction essay which was published in Ink 3 (ed. Susan Steggall, 2015).

Other award winning short stories have been published in themed Stringy Bark anthologies (ed. David Vernon), and Pippa has had a non-fiction essay published in On Murder 2 (ed. Kerry Greenwood, Black Inc).

In 2002 Pippa published her non-fiction book Doubt & Conviction: The Kalajzich Inquiry about the murder of Megan Kalajzich. In 2005 she published Back Stories, a collection of her award winning short stories. A second collection of Pippa’s stories to be called Keeping it in the Family is soon to be published by Ginninderra Press.

Pippa belongs to a number of writing organisations, including The NSW Writers Centre, The Fellowship of Australian Writers and The Society of Women Writers. She has conducted writing workshops for these organisations and judged short story competitions. She is also a member of The Common Thread Writers, a critique group originally formed by members of her Creative Writing courses. The Common Thread Writers produced annual and biennial anthologies from 2004 to 2012, and ran short story competitions which Pippa judged.

Since 2007 Pippa has judged the biennial Marjorie Barnard Award conducted by the Fellowship of Australian Writers, and this year she is one of the judges for the Seniors Card Short Story competition, which involves selecting the best 100 entries to be included in an anthology, to be published by the Fellowship of Australian Writers.

When Pippa is not reading or writing she enjoys fresh air and sunshine and sailing. She is a member of the Coastal Cruising Club of Australia, and edits their monthly newsletter, The Mainsheet.


Verse - Joanne Smith

Joanne Smith is a highly qualified and experienced writer/editor, with 17 years’ experience as a commercial copywriter working across luxury goods, professional services and publishing industries. Over the course of her career, Joanne has written, edited and produced corporate magazines, annual reports, advertising copy, as well as acting as a Lead Writer for tenders valued up to AUD500 million.

In 2016, Joanne founded SOT Publications Co, an independent, publishing house, now based in Singapore.

Joanne is currently Managing Editor of www.INDVSTRVS.com; a cross-industry long-form international business publication.