For the first time ever, I’ve been asked to be a judge for a short story competition. The competition, organised by the City of Boroondara, features three categories: Open Short Story (judge Paddy O’Reilly), Young Writers Poetry (judge Bulk Ace) and Young Writers Prose (judge, yours truly). You can read the press release here. Jippie. Here’s hoping we get lots of good entries, and a minimum of fantasy writers. I clearly remember my own years as a young scribe, writing endless stories involving swords, scabbards, trumpets, duels and lords. JRR Tolkien, you’ve got a lot to answer for. Oh, and that also includes you, Anne McCaffery. Yeah, John Marsden, you too.