Insight Creative Writing Competition 2023 - Judges
Year 7 Shortlist Judge: Michael Earp
Michael Earp is a non-binary writer and bookseller living in Naarm (Melbourne, Australia), the editor of Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories and contributor to Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories. Their next anthology, Everything Under The Moon: Fairy tales in a queerer light, is released October, 2023. They have a teaching degree and a Masters in children’s literature and have worked between bookselling and publishing for twenty years as a children’s literature specialist. Their role managing The Little Bookroom saw them named ABA Bookseller of the year in 2021. Their writing has also appeared in Archer, The Age, PopMatters, The Victorian Writer and Aurealis.
Find out more at www.michaelearp.net
Year 8 Shortlist Judge: Demet Divaroren
Demet Divaroren is the author of Living on Hope Street which won the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Prize for Writing for Young Adults and was shortlisted for a 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. She is the co-editor of CBCA shortlisted anthology Growing up Muslim in Australia. Her second novel Blood Moon Bride will be published by Allen and Unwin in 2024. Demet appears as a panellist, guest speaker and workshop leader at literary festivals, universities and schools across Melbourne.
Find out more at www.demetdivaroren.com
Year 9 Shortlist Judge: Scot Gardner
Scot Gardner came to writing down a long winding path of careers including landscape gardening, massage and counselling, professional music, teaching, waiting tables and driving delivery trucks. Off The Map is his twentieth book in as many years and his backlist includes award winning and internationally acclaimed books such as Burning Eddy, The Dead I Know and Sparrow. He has a bristling fascination for the natural world.
Find out more at www.scotgardner.com
Year 10 Shortlist Judge: Alice Pung
Alice Pung OAM is the current Artist in Residence at Janet Clarke Hall, the University of Melbourne, and Adjunct Professor at RMIT University's School of Media and Communication. She is the bestselling author of the memoirs Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter, and the essay collection Close to Home, as well as the editor of the anthology Growing Up Asian in Australia. Her novel, Laurinda, won the Ethel Turner Prize at the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Her most recent novel, One Hundred Days, was shortlisted for the 2022 Miles Franklin Award, and has been optioned into a film.
Find out more at www.alicepung.net
Year 11 Shortlist Judge: Nam Le
Year 12 Shortlist Judge: Melissa Keil
Melissa Keil is a writer and children’s book editor. She is the author of three YA novels: Life in Outer Space, The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl and The Secret Science of Magic, and the Barkly Mansion junior fiction series with illustrator Adele K. Thomas. Melissa’s books have been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Prime Ministers Literary Award, The CBCA Book of the Year (Older Readers) award, and have been translated into many languages around the world.
Find out more at www.melissakeil.com