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Cate Kennedy wins the 2022 Furphy Literary Award

Cate Kennedy wins the 2022 Furphy Literary Award

The winners of the 2022 Furphy Literary Award have been announced with acclaimed writer and poet Cate Kennedy winning first place for her short story ‘Art and Life’.

The Furphy Literary Award celebrates and recognizes the best Australian short stories. It’s named in honour of Joseph Furphy who was the author of a number of works written under the pen name Tom Collins.

Kennedy was awarded a $15 000 cash prize and a residency at La Trobe University and publication in The Furphy Anthology 2022.

On writing short stories, she said: ‘Short stories are the form I find myself returning to again and again - learning how to compress and distil my ideas, seeing ways to take the reader on a journey, reflecting on how the form brings out our instinctive storytelling powers to make each other laugh, cry and think.’

Lisa Moule was awaded second place for her story ‘The Game’ and Natalie Vella took third place for her story ‘Winter is for regret’.

The winners were selected from over 600 entries from a judging panel made up of Anson Cameron, Tara June Winch, Margaret Hickey, John Harms, Thornton McCamish and John Kerr.

Judges said of the winning story, 'Cate’s ‘Art and Life’ had us smiling and nodding from the beginning. It’s so funny and insightful, so light of touch. We felt like we knew parents like that, and we knew pressured students like that. And the response of the young classical musician is brilliant. The story is totally engaging and entertaining and invites us to ask ourselves questions.'