Longlist – Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Competition 2022

It’s a thrilling day when we get to release the names of the winning stories longlisted for our annual writing competition. We received 157 fantastic entries in the Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Competition 2022.

This year’s theme, ‘water under the bridge’, provided us with some wonderfully creative entries. Hawkeye would like to commend all entrants on their work.  

Thank You to Our Judges:

Special guest judges this year were authors: Lauren Daniels, Lawrey Goodrick and Natalie Kile.

Lawrey Goodrick is the author and illustrator of middle-grade fiction book ‘Cans for Change’, as well as an advocate for librarians in schools. He also recently wrote The Next Big Thing – Deliberations from an Emerging Novelist.

Natalie Kile is the author of the Nat Lowndes’ biography, ‘Just Nat: Life in the Fast Lane with Natalie Lowndes’. This biography of V8 motorsport champion Craig Lowndes’ first wife currently sits at the top of Hawkeye’s bestsellers list.

Lauren Daniels is the Director of Brisbane Writers Workshop, and a highly experienced editor and writing trainer. Lauren co-authored the bestselling writing guide: ‘Winning Short Story Competitions: Essential tools for the serious writer’. She is also the author of the acclaimed Serpents Wake: A tale for the bitten.

Other Guest Judges

Other guest judges were Meesha Whittam, creative writing university intern and author publicist, supported by an Australian children’s author and university writing lecturer who wishes to remain anonymous.

“Judging a writing competition is a responsibility deeply felt by our judges,” Carolyn Martinez, Director Hawkeye Publishing said.

“The Sydney Hammond Shorty Story competition was very tough and there were many entrants equally deserving of making it to the top positions,” Natalie Kile said. “Writing short stories is one of the more challenging formats for getting ideas onto paper and capturing the attention of your audience.”

“Good stories are about transformation,” Lauren Daniels said. “A character either endeavours to embrace change and expand somehow, or resists and suffers for it. The best stories hold a snapshot of a tiny world, and through that lens, reflect our larger universe and the hearts that inhabit it.”

The judges were immensely impressed with the calibre of this year’s entries.

The 2022 Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Competition Longlisted winners, in no particular order, are:

  1. The Stream by Alida Galati, Victoria, Australia
  2. Under Lock & Key by Lisa Harper Campbell, South Australia, Australia
  3. The Soul of Mama’s Boots by Lyndal Weightman, Western Australia, Australia
  4. Down in the Pawpaw Patch by Richard Stimac, United States
  5. Serpent River by Jo Skinner, Queensland, Australia
  6. Quack by Richard Gaynor, Western Australia, Australia
  7. The Truth About the Toll Bridge by Taria Karillion, Great Britain
  8. The Gateway by Margaret Lock, Victoria, Australia
  9. The Flowing of the River by Nghia Phan, Victoria, Australia
  10. Meadows by Safiya Shahbaz, Victoria, Australia
  11. When the Snow is Falling by Qiu Yue, New South Wales, Australia
  12. Home by Pippini Niamh, South Australia, Australia
  13. The Eviction by Marie McMillan, New South Wales, Australia
  14. The Cigarette Cards by Pamela Baker, Victoria, Australia
  15. Snapshots byAgi Dobson, Victoria, Australia
  16. Imaginings by Peter Long, Queensland, Australia
  17. The Aftermath of War by Mellica Devadas, New South Wales, Australia
  18. Knock, Knock by Jo Skinner, Queensland, Australia
  19. ‘Punch’ishment by Bec Curtin, Western Australia, Australia
  20. Water Under the Bridge by Martin Stolp, Victoria, Australia
  21. The Visit by Anne Freeman, Victoria, Australia
  22. This Beating Heartland by Bianca Millroy, Queensland, Australia
  23. The Reaper by Lilian Liu, New South Wales, Australia
  24. The Liberation of Margo’s Hair by Caroline Jones, Queensland, Australia
  25. The Desert and the Ocean by Laura Stevens, New South Wales, Australia
  26. Hats Off Ladies by Simone Busch, Queensland, Australia
  27. Give Them Hell by Sally Ryan, Victoria, Australia
  28. Ghost in the Classroom by Ross van Brink, Victoria, Australia
  29. And So it Goes by Ian Stewart, New South Wales, Australia
  30. Annuals by Taya Reid, Western Australia, Australia
  31. Shark Eye by Christine Robertson, New South Wales, Australia
  32. Red Road by Bob Topping, Queensland, Australia
  33. Simpler Time by Scott Hoffman, Queensland, Australia
  34. Sweven by Maka Mbakada, New South Wales, Australia
  35. So Close to Home by Timothy L. Jones, Queensland, Australia
  36. Street Directory by Courtney Mason, South Australia, Australia
  37. The Colour Blue by Jake Dean, South Australia, Australia
  38. Surface Tension by Andrea Campbell, Victoria, Australia
  39. The Great Australian Bite by T. A. Tolari, South Australia, Australia
  40. The Divided Village by Hayden Perno, New South Wales, Australia
Junior longlist:
  1. Sweven by Maka Mbakada, New South Wales, Australia
  2. The Aftermath of War by Mellica Devadas, New South Wales, Australia
  3. The Snow was Red by Ieya A, Victoria, Australia
  4. Home by Pippini Niamh, South Australia, Australia
  5. Unending Abyss by Ayesha Ghuari, New South Wales, Australia
  6. The Reaper by Lilian Liu, New South Wales, Australia

“Congratulations to each of you,” said Hawkeye’s Director, Carolyn Martinez. “Make sure you celebrate with your loved ones! This is a significant credit in a strong field. Share it loud and proud on your socials, and tag us so we celebrate with you.”

All entrants in the longlist will have their stories published in the 2022 anthology, with the cover design based on the winner’s story. The winner also receives $250 to spend at Hawkeye. All those published will receive one free copy of the anthology thanks to the sponsorship of Hawkeye Publishing.

The shortlist will be published:

Keep an eye out for the shortlist, which we will publish next week.


Thank you to all entrants. It is indeed heart-warming to have this inside view to the quality of writers submitting to competitions. We encourage you all to continue with your writing practice, and we wish you all the very best in attaining publication.

What type of writer are you?

“Good stories echo within readers for years. Writers have hearty egos and strive to leave an impression – touches of perfume or scratches on the wall. What’s yours like?” – Lauren Daniels, Winning Short Story Competitions: Essential tools for the serious writer.

Like to try getting your short story published? Then visit the Hawkeye Competitions page for details of the Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition.

6 comments to “Longlist – Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Competition 2022”

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  1. Leanne Green - October 5, 2022 Reply

    Congratulations to all on the long list – and well done to those who entered.
    Can’t wait to read the winning entries –

  2. Andrea Campbell - October 7, 2022 Reply

    Dear Carolyn and Hawkeye Team,
    WOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOO, I’ve made it to the longlist for the Sydney Hammond Short Story Writing Competition!!!! (Gosh and golly!). A wonderful celebration for the spring. Please accept my heartfelt thanks for keeping this competition alive, as aligned to Hawkeye Book’s commitment to offering a hand up to new and emerging writers. Please convey my appreciation also to the Judges of the competition, the stakeholder members of Sydney Hammond’s family, and those others who make it viable.
    Kind regards
    Andrea Campbell
    (author of ‘Surface Tension’)

    • Carolyn Martinez - October 7, 2022 Reply

      Thanks so much Andrea. I will pass your message on to the extended family members of Sydney Hammond. Good luck for the next round! Kind regards, Carolyn

  3. Carolyn Martinez - October 7, 2022 Reply

    Hello Carolyn,

    Hope this finds you well.

    I kid you not, I’ve literally just squealed with delight at seeing my name on the longlist for this year’s competition!!

    Thanks to the judges for their time and expertise (and patience, I daresay) in working through all the entries. I am genuinely very grateful for the longlisting as it’s a great motivation boost to keep writing.

    Many thanks also, to Hawkeye Books for providing the writing opportunity – word counts, themes and deadlines are always terrific to work towards.

    I’m absolutely thrilled with today’s news, but I won’t lie – I have my fingers crossed for the shortlist next week(!)

    Regards and stay well,

    Alida Galati

  4. Lilian Liu - October 9, 2022 Reply

    Dear Carolyn and Hawkeye team,
    Yay! I got into the top 40! Thanks for liking my story (The Reaper). This is such thrilling news! Great way to finish off my school holiday.

  5. Jennifer Sutton - October 11, 2022 Reply

    Dear Carolyn and the Hawkeye Team, Judges and writers,

    Congratulations to the top 40 entries, well done.
    Best wishes to all, Jennifer Sutton

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