Third Prize Win For Jacqueline Winn

Jacqueline Winn is proud of her third prize win in the annual Highlands & Islands Short Story Award. She won the award for “Small”, a fascinating story published in Margaret River Press’s short story compilation, “Things that are found in trees & other stories”.  

The news article “Congratulations to Jacqueline Winn” has full details on this story. It says: “The award is given by the Highlands & Islands Short Story Association, founded in 2004 by novelist and short story writer Clio Gray to encourage new and emergent writers, not only in Scotland but wherever they might be.  The 2012 winning stories can be read at”

The first prize went to “Ghost” by Harriet Kline whereas David Ross’s “Dancing on the Grass” took out the second prize. All three stories were remarkably adventurous and quite unusual in their own right, with each one of them standing out from the rest.

Born in North Ireland, Jacqueline came to Australia when she was 10 years old and is currently living with her husband on a farm on mid-North Coast. Jacqueline’s short story “Salt & Pepper” was published in 2006 and the rest, as they say, is history. Her work has since been published by several Australian literary magazines and anthologies. She has won more than 70 awards in literary competitions in Australia.

Jacqueline has also produced and written various stage plays and acted in a number of TV and stage productions. She writes screen and stage plays on commission. She is constantly in demand to run and speak at workshops on different aspects of performance and writing.

About the Highlands & Islands Short Story Award:

The Highlands & Islands Short Story Association holds an Annual Open Short Story Competition to support the HISSAC Contact Network, which is a loosely-knit alliance of writers who stay in touch with each other with the aim of encouraging and critiquing each other’s work. The competition is open to everybody, members and non-members, the entry fee of which is used for funding the association, maintaining the website, subsidising writing tuition, and most importantly, providing a huge cash prize to the winner of the competition. The Annual Open Short Story Competition has a first prize worth £400; second and third prizes of £50, and a number of Highly Commended positions, all of whose short stories are published on the website.

For details on the competition go to

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

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