Issue #12: education

Writers’ Award XII ‘education’: winners

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by New Philosopher on September 7, 2016

And the winners are…

Winner: Phil Voysey, for his piece If Wishes Were Horses Beggars Would Ride

Phil Voysey is a career educator, with more than 30 years experience working in culturally diverse contexts in Australia, Zimbabwe, Canada, Peru and Bangladesh. He runs a business cultural consultancy service in Australia. Phil has an MA in Journalism and Creative Writing, a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education, a Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and is a qualified IELTS examiner.

Runner-up: Siobhan Lyons, for her piece The Scenic Syllabus

Siobhan Lyons is a PhD candidate and tutor in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University, where she is completing her doctoral dissertation on a history of literary celebrity. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Philosophy Now, and PopMatters, among other publications.

Phil Voysey receives $1,000 and the top two pieces will be published in the upcoming edition of New Philosopher.

For this quarter’s award we received – yet again – a record number of entries. With editions in Australia, the UK, and the US, and distribution in 22 countries around the world we’re now hearing the voices of a wider group of people on the topic chosen for each quarter’s award.

Award XII ‘education’ shortlist

  • Kerry Alexander
    Skye C. Cleary
    Tim Cummins
    Christina Easton
    Mike Freeman
    Siobhan Lyons (runner-up)
    Robert Obrohta
    Cisco Ramos
    Mark Sutherland
    Phil Voysey (winner)

The quality of entries for this quarter was nothing short of extraordinary, making the task of selecting a shortlist difficult; selecting a winner was no easier. Don’t be disheartened if you didn’t make the list or take out one of the top two spots – there were several dozen other entries that could have easily been selected in the shortlist, and any of the top ten could have easily been selected in the top two.

Congratulations to all those who made the shortlist – and an extra cheer to the four previous finalists: Cisco Ramos, Skye Cleary, Siobhan Lyons, and Mike Freeman. To everyone else, thank you for taking the time to put together an entry and we hope to see something from you for the next award, on ‘luck’ (closes November 30).

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