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Monday, November 06, 2017
Joint winners of the 2017 Landfall Essay Competition announced.
New Zealand essayists writing on very different topics – life as an army
recruit and the power of scent – are joint winners of the 2017 Landfall
Fearnley, of Dunedin, and Alie Benge, of Wellington, will share the $3000 cash
prize and both will receive a year's subscription to Landfall.
judge of the annual award was outgoing Landfall editor David Eggleton.
the 64 entries received, the two finalists’ essays proved especially difficult
to separate, though their topics and their strategies are very different, he
Benge’s essay, ‘Shitfight’, which is about raw army recruits in Australia being
prepared for a theatre of war in the Middle East, has a physicality and dynamic
urgency to it that stopped me in my tracks,” says Eggleton.
he says Laurence Fearnley in her essay ‘Perfume Counter’ makes scents – at once
treasurable, resonant, mysterious – synaesthetic emblems of how we perceive the
assured and measured writing brings her surroundings alive with sharp,
winning entries will be published in Landfall 234, available later this
month. Landfall is published by Otago University Press.
are five shortlisted essays: ‘Gone Swimming’ by Ingrid Horrocks, ‘Reaching Out
for Hear’ by Lynley Edmeades, ‘A Box of Bones’ by Sue Wootton, ‘I Wet My Pants’
by Kate Camp and ‘Trackside’ by Mark Houlahan.
Benge is a
writer and copy-editor living in Wellington. She has previously been published
in Headland and has work coming out in Takehē and Geometry. She is working on a
novel inspired by her childhood in Ethiopia.
lives in Dunedin. In 2016 she was the recipient of the Janet Frame Memorial
Award and the NZSA Auckland Museum Grant and she is currently researching and
writing a book of essays and stories based on landscape and scent. For the past
year she has also been co-editing an anthology of New Zealand mountaineering
writing with Paul Hersey. This work has been generously funded by the Friends
of the Hocken Collections and will include non-fiction, archival material,
fiction and poetry and will be published by Otago University Press in
has published ten novels and two books of non-fiction, as well as short stories
and essays. She was awarded the Artists to Antarctica fellowship and in 2007
the Robert Burns fellowship at the University of Otago.