Awards

 

Poetry  (writing as Jo/Joanne Mills)

2016

‘Emu Girl, on the day before flying’ won First Prize, Banjo Paterson Writing Awards.

‘Indelible’ Highly Commended, Ethel Webb Bundell Literary Awards, Poetry Section, Society of Women Writers WA.

‘Heart of Light’ shortlisted in the Spiritual Writers’ Network Contest II.

‘Awakening’ shortlisted in the Spiritual Writers’ Network Writing Contest.

2015

‘Salt Lake’   Highly Commended, Adelaide Plains Poets ‘Climate’ Poetry Competition.

‘Hermes Transcribed’ Commended, Katharine Susannah Pritchard Poetry Award.

‘Love’s Return’ shortlisted, Spiritual Writers’ Network Poetry Contest.

2014

‘Flying is Easy’  Third Prize, Karen W. Treanor Poetry Award, Open section.

2013

‘Circle of Stones’  Third Prize, Banjo Paterson Writers’ Awards, Open Poetry section.

2012

‘Crown of Stars’  Third Prize, Banjo Paterson Writers’ Awards, Open Poetry section.

2011

‘Orpheus in the Desert’  First Prize, Banjo Paterson Writers’ Awards, Open Poetry section.

‘wind whites the house’  Highly Commended, Recursive Poetry Competition.

‘Tiger Tiger’  Commended, Gumnuts Poetry Competition.

2010

‘Persephone’  First Prize, Karen W. Treanor Poetry Award.

‘Isis, last summer’  Second Prize, Karrinyup Writers Competition, Poetry section.

‘Feather Falls’  Very Highly Commended, Gumblossoms Poetry Competition.

‘Fire’  Commended, Gumblossoms Poetry Competition.

2009

‘Ledge Beach’  Third Prize, Banjo Paterson Writers’ Awards, Open Poetry section.

‘Salt Lake’  Second Place, Eyre Writers’ Awards, Open Poetry Section.

‘Sea Call’  Third Prize, Writers’ Friend Poetry Competition.

‘Memory’  Very Highly Commended, Gumnuts Poetry Competition.

‘Introspect’  Commended, Gumblossoms Poetry Competition.

‘Memory’  Shortlisted, All Poetry Competition.

‘Mute’  Shortlisted, All Poetry Competition.

‘pile of husks’  Highly Commended, Deborah Nunn Haiku Competition.

2008

‘Walyunga’  First Prize, Banjo Paterson Writers’ Awards, Open Poetry section.

‘Little Grove’  Third Place, A Feast of Poetry Competition, Open Poetry Section.

‘Mountain Quarry’  Commended, Rolf Boldrewood Awards, Open Poetry Section.

‘Sea Call’  Highly Commended, Fellowship of Australian Writers North Shore Writers’ Competition.

‘Healer’  Shortlisted, Positive Words Poetry Competition.

‘Heart of Light’  Highly Commended, Gumblossoms Poetry Competition.

‘Ice’  Shortlisted, Positive Words June Mini-Challenge.

 

Short Stories  (writing as Joanna Fay)

2013

‘Victoria Chase’  Shortlisted, International Aeon Award.

2011

‘Darke Wing’  Shortlisted, International Aeon Award.

‘Black Heart’  Honourable Mention, Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year 2011.

2010

‘Threadsongs’  Finalist, Shades of Sentience Short Story Competition.

2009

‘Shalott’  Shortlisted, Hawkesbury River Writers Awards.

2008

‘Swan Wing’   Shortlisted, International Aeon Award.

‘Pearl White: A Winter Tale’   First Prize, Winter Surprise Flash Fiction Competition.

4 thoughts on “Awards

  1. Congratulations on your success.
    I remember entering the Karen W. Treanor Poetry Competition back in 2010. To this day, I still recall a few of the words of ‘Persephone’. I came looking for it, just to read again. Is it possible for you to post it somewhere, so that I might read it again?

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    • Dear Emily,

      I do remember you, and think you may have given me your number, which I mislaid. Many apologies for that, and thank you very much for your comments here. No poet could ask for a greater compliment than to touch a heart deeply. ❤ Love and blessings to you, and here is the poem:

      Persephone

      and if I ask you Persephone
      what drug your newest doctor has prescribed
      you slide your eyes from the pharmacy bag
      sitting crisp-innocent on the table beside
      this morning’s decaf , unlace
      sunless fingers from a handle less white –
      bone china no match for subterranean pallor

      eyes fashionably shadowed
      in heroin chic, no heroine you play it safe on
      legal medications, dream of underworlds where
      cold gods stalk the barren ground of each
      synaptic cleft – strum on filigree webs spun
      across endless tiny chasms where messengers
      once turned somersaults on thought

      abused, you disabuse my concept of autonomy
      lips reddened on Hades’ juice, pomegranate spills
      its treasure, each seed a ruby leaking crimson life
      remember Persephone days spent ransacking
      the sounds caught in our body-warmth?
      We trawled for love’s bright metaphors
      consumed heady strings of words professing
      adoration, our courtesy’s half-stifled laugh

      but inside drunk on dream-delirium
      I didn’t see the bars of your cage, underworld
      of others’ needs and dominations, web of
      white lines cloying nostrils, brain, breath
      set you on a throne Persephone
      sealed the sun in stone, no ray must touch your
      cheek, heat dark blood congealing, trashed
      on china-white and chalk

      in this now-hour I imagine
      your escape, not because your mother
      rages, searing earth and crop as
      lamentation, not because Hades’ eyelid
      dews a single agate star, not for seasons,
      cycles, rhythms’ ineluctable tug on
      female bodies, not for money, love or
      self-destruction : Persephone

      you hold it all in shimmer-fire
      cradle stony infants in your arms until
      skin lights, softens, grey webs melt
      across the café floor – you smile, pick up
      your cup, and tell me your new name.

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