A Bed Of Roses, Isabella Ross

A Bed of Roses was awarded 3rd place in The Quarry – Future Leaders Creative Writing Prize 2020 Nestled among the flowering hedges within the grounds of a Sydney cemetery, is baby Primrose. She rests underneath a canopy of white roses, a ceramic mushroom house and a fairy figurine placed next to her grave. The […]

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Hikikomori, Alice Maher

Hikikomori was awarded 1st place in The Quarry – Future Leaders Creative Writing Prize 2020 HaibunThe title Hikikomori refers to a Japanese social phenomenon whereby adolescents (and some adults) withdraw from the outside world to seek extreme isolation and self-confinement.A Haibun is a Japanese form combining short prose with poetry; in this case, a haiku. […]

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my grandmother’s charm bracelet, Ceilidh Newbury

my grandmother’s charm bracelet was awarded highly commended in The Quarry – Future Leaders Creative Writing Prize 2020 my inheritance part onethe fourth time we meet it isn’t in personit’s in my inheritancea chain that threads little silver pieces of youi run them cold through my fingers and tryto hold your hand the hedgehogthe hedgehog […]

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He Disappeared into a Bottle, Alyssa Byrnes

He Disappeared into a Bottle was awarded 2nd place in The Quarry – Future Leaders Creative Writing Prize 2020 Some used to talk,obligation building in the throat;‘How’s John?’asked for the sake of asking.Though they knew,rather, didn’t know.Lips pursed in the silence,discomfort clear in shifting eyes,hopeful for swift response. Nieces and nephews knowing theyhave an uncle, […]

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