1. Home
The top 12 for the best half dozen

The top 12 for the best half dozen

It’s rare that a literary awards speech is longer than the winning entries themselves but that was the case when some of the Armidale region’s most gifted writers gathered at the presentations for this year’s Six of the Best competition.

It’s not that the judges’ speeches were particularly long. Rather, the celebrated stories were only half a dozen words each.

Armidale War Memorial Library’s Six of the Best: Take the Hemmingway Challenge competition invited writers young and old to tell a compelling tale in exactly six words.

The bite-sized scale of the task – as well as the beckoning challenge of perfecting such a diminutive tale – attracted hundreds of entries.

The best were celebrated at a presentation ceremony at the library yesterday.

“This is the second time we’ve run the competition and the creativity displayed is astonishing,” competition organiser and Systems Librarian Martin Mantle said.

“The organisers and our panel of judges have a fantastic time reading the entries and it is extremely difficult narrowing them down to just a handful of winners and highly commended recipients.

“This year’s contest introduced divisions for senior school and primary school students, unearthing some wonderful talent and captivating yarns.”

Council’s Service Leader – Community & Customer Service, Krista Schmidt, said the exceptional response encouraged organisers to make the Six of the Best competition an ongoing part of the library’s calendar of events.

“We run a wide variety of activities and events at the library, for people of all ages, and Six of the Best has certainly emerged as one of the most popular,” Ms Schmidt said.

For more information, visit https://yoursay.armidale.nsw.gov.au/six-of-the-best

Six of the best – 2018 winners

Adult 18+
First prize Emily Agar Position vacant. Right side. Pillow provided.
Second Prize Su Woodward Gladys loathed “Independent Living”. Nobody smiled. 
Third prize Ingrid Steddy Her name was never mentioned again.
Highly commended Helen Smith He reluctantly tasted his own medicine.

School students – Kindergarten – Year 6
First prize Anna Gooley All they found was her tooth.
Second Prize Tabitha Hignett Coming soon magic slippers for sale!
Third prize Sophie Ridley I knew she knew my secret.
Highly commended Maggie Ridley The new wall towered over me.

School students - Levels Years 7-12
First prize Roie Wood Sale: Glass slipper. Will marry buyer. 
Second Prize Zaiden Kennedy We do not serve your kind.
Third prize Neve Crotty Her wrist had deep paper cuts.
Highly commended Solomon Layton Born a twin. Graduated only child.


Latest stories


AD Media release banner
Australia Day ambassadors announced
Paralympics gold medallist Tiffany Thomas Kane and Australia’s ‘voice of rugby’, Gordon Bray, have been confirmed as the Armidale region’s Australia Day Ambassadors for 2019.
_MG_0475 low cropped 3
Magic continues at library activities
School holiday activities at the Armidale Regional War Memorial Library get off to a tricky start in week two, when entertainer JD brings his magic show to the Children’s Library this Monday.
Council urges residents to be water wise this summer
Armidale Regional Council is reminding residents and businesses to be water wise this summer as water consumption reaches record levels.
Platform Rd processed
Council will soon commence work to seal Platform Road in Kellys Plains
Platform Road in Kellys Plains will soon be sealed including road alignment changes to improve driver safety and provide a smooth, all weather route for road users.
ADC_Images 048
Council calls in RSPCA to assist in reviewing animal management practices
Armidale Regional Council is voluntarily requesting the RSPCA assist Council to review its animal management practices in response to the death of cattle on Council owned land.
school3 cropped
Book donation puts Sri Lankan kids right on track
Students at a Sri Lankan school are benefitting from a donation of books from Armidale War Memorial Library.
construction building
Early advice a foundation for wise building works
A substantial rise in the number of Armidale region property owners penalised for unapproved building work has been attributed to the popularity of DIY television programs and inaccurate advice from some professionals.
Street Library Community photo
Street libraries pave a path to Aboriginal literacy
Mini community libraries are being established in Armidale’s Girraween area to make books more available to children to improve their literacy.
inflatable pool
Pool fencing an inflating issue
The growing popularity of inflatable swimming pools at homes in the Armidale region has prompted a warning about the need for suitable pool fencing.
Childrens section mural
Fantastic new addition takes flight at library
The children’s section at Armidale Regional War Memorial Library will scale new heights of fantasy when two local artists create a new mural during the festive period.