The winning entries of the 2021 Southern Cross Short Story Competition were announced at the Ballarat Writers members’ night on 24 November.

The successful entries were selected by judge Julie Koh from a shortlist provided by a panel. Julie’s comments about the winners and entries are available to read here and the winning entry here.

Congratulations to the winners, and all those who made the shortlist!

Winner ($1000): ‘Wheeler’ by Benjamin Forbes

First runner-up ($400): ‘Epilogue’ by Rosemary Stride

Second runner-up ($100): ‘How To Leave Your Childhood Behind’ by Ros Thomas

Highly commendeds: ‘Dogs’ by Timothy Loveday; ‘The Cakemaker’ by David Campbell