You can’t win ’em all

I’m not even sure if I mentioned it on here, but Welcome to Orphancorp was shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Award! And the ceremony was last night!

…And I didn’t win!

Alice Pung’s Laurinda took out the $30,000 Ethel Turner Prize. On travelling down to the ceremony, I thought maybe I’d not win, and sit there and clap bitterly at someone else’s success.

But it wasn’t like that. Not at all. Because I’ve always been aware that you can’t win them all. Every judges panel is different, every shortlist is different and every book on it has it’s own strengths and weaknesses compared to the other books on it.

So, oddly, I wasn’t bitter in the slightest. Congratulations, Alice!

I just feel so lucky that I got shortlisted, and invited, and got to awkwardly hobnob with a bunch of people who had, like, read my book,  and who liked my book. I got to drink free champagne, and then go out for pizza with my publisher David, and a bunch of writers who were rad, and freakin’ Magda Szubanski (though I DO regret eating the non-gluten-free crust pizza, because hoo boy, do I feel awful in the gut region today!) And my publisher bought me an amazing (and yes, gluten-free) cake, just fucking look at it:



You can’t win ’em all. I was so lucky to win one before, and maybe I’ll win another in the future.

Congratulations to all the winners, and congratulations to all the shortlisters because you all deserved to be there.

And here’s to the next one!

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