2018 Short Story Competition: Flash Fiction – Winner Announced

We are pleased to announce the winner of our inaugural 2018 Library and Information Week Short Story Competition.

The staff and committee of the PMI Victorian History Library would like to congratulate Hannah van Didden on her successful entry Between Shelves.

Judge and author Eliza Henry Jones described the story as ‘original’, having a ‘strong voice’ and ‘deliciously creepy’.

About Hannah van Didden

Hannah tends to words, projects, children, and chickens in the northern suburbs of Perth, WA. You will find other pieces of her in places such as SoutherlyHippocampusBreachAtticus ReviewSouthword Journal, and her writing blog, thirtyseven.

Hannah’s inspiration for Between Shelves came from a train journey.

A nail clipping under a seat turned into a 200-word story in the minutes between stations–but it felt incomplete. Some weeks later, I returned to it, and the train became the library, the clipping grew into a whole nail, the casual observer twisted into a figure far more macabre. The story had finished itself.

We were overwhelmed with the response to this competition and wish to thank everyone who participated.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to author, Eliza Henry Jones in her role as judge. Eliza’s books In The Quiet (shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and longlisted in the Indie Awards and ABIA Awards) and Ache are available for loan from the PMI Victorian History Library. Her first Young Adult novel P is for Pearl was released in 2018. You can find out more about Eliza’s work via her website: www.elizahenryjones.com/.