Unity Books and Sport are delighted to announce that the winners of The Long and the Short of It competition for stories over 10,000 words and under 1000 words are Lawrence Patchett for ‘The Road to Tokomairiro’, and Kirsten McDougall for ‘Clean Hands Save Lives’.
Of Kirsten McDougall’s short story: ‘“Clean Hands Save Lives” is about how families work; it’s about generational power struggle; it’s about how to be a functioning mother. There’s lovely pacing, and yet we get a real story, not just a quick sketch of family dynamics—and there’s also a nice sense of comic circularity (the snake with its tail in its mouth) courtesy of some supermarket biscuits.’
Both authors have yet to publish their first books. Kirsten McDougall has had fiction and poetry published in Sport, Turbine and Big Weather: Poems of Wellington (2nd edition). Lawrence Patchett’s work has appeared in Sport, Booknotes and Lumière Reader. He is literary co-editor of Hue and Cry, and currently working towards a PhD in creative writing at Victoria University.
The latest issue of New Zealand’s leading magazine of new writing features:
The winners of The Long and the Short of It.
Sport is edited and published by Fergus Barrowman, who founded the magazine in 1988 with Elizabeth Knox, Nigel Cox and Damien Wilkins, with assistance from Bill Manhire, Alan Preston and Andrew Mason. Sport was published twice a year until November 2003, and is now published annually, in May.