Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award shortlist

H.E. Crampton

H.E. Crampton for The Boatman

H. E. Crampton was born in New Zealand, and studied chemical engineering and classics at the University of Canterbury. Jobs have included: fish packer, Latin teacher, Edinburgh B&B cook, relief hotel manager, surveyor's field assistant, English teacher in Japan and manager of the National Trust of Queensland’s James Cook Museum. The novel, The Boatman, was the thesis for an MA in creative writing at Victoria University in Wellington in 2015. Crampton was awarded a scholarship to continue the project. After spending eight years on Cape York Peninsula, Crampton now lives in Cairns with her husband and dog.

Judges’ comments:

This engaging narrative of travel, love, loss and friendship skilfully combines the thrill of ocean travel and inter-personal conflict with more gentle exploration of the somewhat itinerant life of a young man seeking adventure and companionship. Opening with a highly suspenseful and high-stakes sequence set on the open ocean, The Boatman reveals a writer with a clear interest and affinity for writing place.

Laura Elvery

Laura Elvery for The Elements

Laura Elvery is a writer from Brisbane whose work has appeared in The Big Issue Fiction Edition, Award-Winning Australian Writing, and Griffith Review. In 2013, she won the Josephine Ulrick literature award, and she has been shortlisted for the Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers. This year she was awarded third place in the Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction. Laura has recently submitted her PhD thesis in children’s literature for examination through QUT.

Judges’ Comments:

This crisp collection of short stories explores a wide array of characters, but focuses particularly on the lives of young women. Elvery’s stories frequently balance on the thin edge dividing reality from fantasy, and youth from adulthood.