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Sky’s the limit for ECU writer

Thursday, 15 December 2011


ECU South West PHD student and up-and-coming writer Nicole Sinclair is looking forward to a long and successful writing career.

She is one step closer to achieving her dream after winning the national Katherine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Short Fiction Award for her short story, The Nest.

Set in the south-west of Western Australia, The Nest is about a couple who are coming to terms with infertility. More specifically, it highlights a man's internal struggle (past and present) as he ponders his wife’s grief.

For Nicole, the win was not only about the recognition, but also about receiving encouragement and support from those in the writing industry.

"It means a great deal to win the KSP Award for Short Fiction, one of our state’s significant story competitions. As an emerging writer who is just finding her way, it‘s heartening to get feedback that people enjoy your stories and the way you write," Nicole said.

Teaching Creative Writing at ECU last semester, Nicole encouraged her students to publicise their written work . She decided it was time to follow her own advice when she entered the competition.

"I set a challenge to myself to send out a certain amount of stories each year, and kept telling my students to do the same. With encouragement from my mentor and editor, Richard Rossiter, I decided to send the story in on the last day, and I’m glad I did!"

Nicole plans to use the money from the award to pay for a research trip for her next novel.

When asked what the future holds, she passionately talks about further developing her writing career.

"I hope to be in the south-west, living life creatively and, of course, to have successfully completed my PhD in creative writing. I would like to think I will be writing stories - fiction and non-fiction - that engage, challenge and also delight people." 

Nicole also won the national Down South Adult Writing competition for her story Dead Ringer earlier this month.

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