Congratulations to my wife Bronwyn Calder - also my frequent film scriptwriting partner including her work on "Brave Love". Bronwyn won the "Graeme Lay Short Story Competition" run by the "NZ Society of Authors" with her short story "Endless Sea" set on a cruise ship visiting the Antarctic. "Endless Sea" has now been published in "Landfall 229". "Landfall" is a New Zealand literary journal and it is high status for NZ writers to appear in it.
Comments from the competition judge:
Hypnotic descriptions of the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic constitute the physical background to this story. The underlying theme is one of attempted escape and a yearning for personal fulfilment, aims which are ultimately defeated. Yet at the same time the woman narrator is made aware, by the ice which surrounds her, and the banal reactions of others to it, of the importance of what she has left behind. A finely conceived and executed story and a very worthy winner.
Landfall 229 description from publisher Otago University Press
Landfall 229 at "Time Out" bookstore
Askar - a fantasy novel by Bronwyn Calder
The Graeme Lay Short Story Award, 2014: Judge’s Report