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AWARDS

Edel Wignell has won awards in writing competitions for both adults and children, and some of her books are listed by the Children's Book Council of Australia as Notable Books. One book won an Honour Award at the Leipzig Book Fair, Germany.

'Escape by Deluge' is a CBCA Notable Book.

'Escape by Deluge' is a CBCA Notable Book.
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WRITING FOR CHILDREN - AWARDS

Note that some of Edel's humorous and nature poems, written for children, have gained awards in competitions for adults. See Writing for Adults – Awards.

  • 'Buzzing with Bees', Highly Commended, C J Dennis Society Poetry Competition, Toolangi, 2012
    (NB I've included this poem in Poetry and Verse.)
  • Short story, 'You are Mine!': Commended in the Midlands Literary Competition, 2005 - Children's Story
  • Short story, 'Explorer Dog': 2nd prize in the Holiday Fantasia Literary Competition, 2005 - Magic Realism for Children
  • Junior novel, The Long, Sticky Walk, illustrated by Dee Huxley, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, 2003: Children's Book Council of Australia, Notable Book, 2004
  • Verse story, 'Paint the Town Red': Highly Commended, Peranga Post 'Aussie Kids' Competition, 2002
  • Short story, 'Breathing is a Health Hazard!': A Highly Commended short story. Moora Moora Short Story Competition, 2000, Theme - 'Giving Children a Future'
  • Short story, 'Long Live Us!': Winner, Holiday Fantasia Literary Awards - Fractured Fairytales, 1997
  • Picture-story, I Wonder Who Lives Upstairs, illustrated by. Leanne Argent, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, 1993: Children's Book Council of Australia, Notable Book, 1994
  • Children's novel, Escape by Deluge, Walter McVitty Books, Sydney, 1989: Children's Book Council of Australia, Notable Book, 1990; Adelaide Festival Awards – Shortlisted, 1990 (Best Children's Books 1989-90); WAYRBA (West Australian Young Readers Book Awards) - Shortlisted, 1992
  • Picture-story, Raining Cats and Dogs, illustrated by. Rodney McRae, Hodder &Stoughton Australia, Sydney, 1987: Honour Award, Most Beautiful Books from Around the World, Leipzig Book Fair, Germany,1989
  • Short story, 'It's Your Money, Do What You Like With It': St George-Sutherland Branch FAW (NSW) Short Story Competition - Highly Commended, 1987
  • Short story, 'Clever Juice': Second Prize, Mary Grant Bruce Short Story Awards, 1986
  • Short story, 'Arachne Returns': Commended, Mary Grant Bruce Short Story Awards, 1986
  • Short story, 'Catastrophe's Ninth Life': Winner, Mary Grant Bruce Short Story Award, 1985
  • Short story, 'Richard Goes West': Highly Commended, Mary Grant Bruce Short Story Award, 1983
  • Short story, 'Lottie and the Swaggie Joes': Commended, McGregor Literary Competition, 1982

WRITING FOR ADULTS - AWARDS

Some of the humorous and nature poems listed here were written for children, but they have received awards in competitions for adults.

  • Poem, 'A One-bird Band – Winner, Murtoa Big Weekend Poetry Competition, 2011 - Contemplative Poem
  • Poem, 'Action for Frogs', Second Prize, Murtoa Big Weekend Poetry Competition, 2011 – Humorous Poem
  • Two poems, 'Inside Secret' and ''Welcome', both Commended in the Scribbligum 'Gumnuts' Competition, 2011, and published on the Scribbli Gum website: www.scribbligum.com
  • Poem, 'Meerkat Matchmaker', Third Prize, Murtoa Big Day Out Poetry Competition, 2010 – Romance Section. Read this poem in Writing for Adults
  • Article, 'Cycling Swaggies', Commended in the Scribbligum 'Gum Leaves' Competition, 2010. www.scribbligum.com.
  • Poem, 'A Go-er in Murtoa', First Prize, Murtoa's Big Day Out Poetry Competition – Humour.
  • Non-fiction, 'Verbal Road Rage', Highly Commended, Scribbli Gum 'Gumleaves' 2008 Prose Competition; published on the Scribbli Gum website: www.scribbligum.com
  • Prose, 'This Moving Life': Commended, Twiggy Branch 'Gum Leaves' Competition, 2007; published on the Scribbli Gum website: www.scribbligum.com.
  • Ballad, 'The Guyra Poltergeist': Highly Commended in the Eyre Writers Awards, Rhyming Poetry, 2008
  • Poem, 'The Last Thing I Saw': Very Highly Commended, Twiggy Branch 'Gumnuts' Competition, 2007; published on the Scribbli Gum website: www.scribbligum.com
  • Poem, 'Crows': Highly Commended, Twiggy Branch 'Gumnuts' Competition, 2007; published on the Scribbli Gum website: www.scribbligum.com
  • Ballad, 'The Guyra Poltergeist': Highly Commended in the Grampians Writers Group Literary Awards, 2007; Highly Commended in the Ena Taylor Literary Awards (Peter Cowan Writers Centre, WA), November 2007
  • Poem, 'Songs of the Sea': Commended in the Twiggy Branch 'Gum Blossom' Poetry Awards, and published on the Scribbli Gum website: www.scribbligum.com
  • Prose, 'This Moving Life': Commended in the Twiggy Branch Literary Works 'Gum Leaves' Competition, 2007, and published on the Scribbli Gum website: www.scribbligum.com
  • Poem, 'Insect Drummers': Commended, Yellow Moon 'Seed Pearls' – Nature Poetry, 2006 Tetractys, 'bike': Commended, Yellow Moon 'Nutshell' Competition, 2005
  • Poem, 'Drought': Shortlisted, Yellow Moon 'Seed Pearls' Competition - Nature Poetry, 2005
  • Article, 'Sports Writers - The New Poets': Commended, Midlands Literary Competition - Humorous Prose, 2005
  • Poem, 'Flying': Finalist, Yellow Moon 'Nutshell' Competition - Humorous or Nonsense poem, 2004
  • Two verses (untitled): one Highly Commended, one Commended, Yellow Moon 'Nutshell' Competition - Tetractys, 2004
  • Poem, 'Differences': Commended, Yellow Moon 'Nutshell' Competition - Humorous poem, 2002
  • Poem, 'Moo!': Commended, Yellow Moon 'Nutshell' Competition - Humorous poem, 2002
  • Poem, 'Fly-in': Second Prize IRFAC Humorous Rhyming Poetry Competition, 2002
  • Poem, 'Fly-in': Shortlisted, Bluey Day Humorous Poetry Competition, 2002
  • Poem, 'Togetherness': Commended, FAW Bendigo Regional Branch - 'Pieces of Eight' Mini-Literary Competition, 2002
  • Poem, 'Inside Secrets': Commended, Summerville Poetry Awards, 2002
  • Poem, 'Duffy's Lore': Highly Commended, Paddy's Post On-line Newspaper, Writing Competition, 2002
  • Poem, 'The Call': Highly Commended, Centoria Traditional Poetry Competition, 2001
  • Feature, 'This Moving Life: Honourable Mention, Paddy's Post On-line Newspaper, e-journalism Competition, 2001
  • Feature, 'Ann Fraser Bon: Pioneer of Reconciliation': 2nd Prize, Paddy's Post On-line Newspaper, e-journalism Competition, 2001
  • Poem, 'Hungry Ghosts': Commended, Centoria Poetry Competition, 2000
  • Poem, 'Hungry Ghosts': Commended, Holiday Fantasia Literary Competition - Humorous Verse, 2001
  • Poem, 'Inside Secret': Highly Commended, Yellow Moon 'Nutshell' Competition - Idyll, 1999
  • Feature, 'Close Shaves and Coincidences': Certificate of Merit, CAA/CAE Non-fiction Writing Competition, 1998
  • Short story, 'Formidable Reflections': Shortlisted, Macarthur FAW Short Story Competition, 1998
  • Ballad, 'The Guyra Poltergeist': Commended, Centorfold 3 Poetry Competition, 1998
  • Poem, 'Lyrebird - A One-bird Band': Commended, Holiday Fantasia Literary Awards - Animal Poem, 1997
  • Poem, 'Inside Secrets': Commended, Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts, Contemporary Verse Competition., 1997
  • Short Story, 'Sojurner in Science': Shortlisted, Todhunter Literary Awards, 1996
  • Poem, 'Bits of Bone': Highly Commended, Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts - Traditional Verse, 1996
  • Poem, 'Water Monsters Five': Highly Commended, Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts – Humorous Verse, 1996
  • Ballad, 'Duffy's Lore': Highly Commended, The Henry Lawson Society of NSW - Rhyming Bush Verse Competition, 1996
  • Short story, 'The Glossy Red Globule': Commended, Auswrite Short.Story Competition, 1996
  • Short story, 'Formidable Reflections': Commended, Auswrite Short.Story Competition, 1996
  • Poem, 'Paint the Town Red': Highly Commended, Grenfell, Humorous Verse Competition, 1993
  • Ballad, 'Duffy's Lore': Highly Commended, Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of the Arts Traditional Verse Competition, 1993
  • Short story, 'Deep-Frozen Fire': Winner, Viewpoint Short Story Competition, 1989
  • Ballad, 'Devlin's Ghost': Winner, Open Poetry Prize, Mackay Arts Festival, FAW Queensland, 1987
  • Short story, 'Agnes Reflected': selected by competition for an anthology of ghost stories, Macarthur FAW, NSW, 1985
  • Ballad, 'The Cycling Shearers' Race': Commended, Ballarat Begonia Literary and Arts Festival, Open Poetry, 1985