Entries will open soon for our 2019 Pat Skinner Award for writing relating to any of the world’s ocean pools (Australasian ocean pools, South African ocean pools, American ocean pools, European ocean pools) listed on the All into Ocean Pools Inc website.
All into Ocean Pools Inc hopes the 2019 Pat Skinner Award will attract a wide range of fiction and non-fiction entries, in literary forms ranging from poems, essays, short stories, blogposts and anthologies to reports and histories and perhaps even some longer works. Only writing in digital formats can be considered for this award. While uploaded entries must be less than 5 MB in size, the upload can supply a link allowing our judges to view a larger entry online. There are no entry fees for this award and we welcome entries from persons or groups of any age, background or location. We look forward to again having entries relating to specific ocean pools in Australia, the UK, Portugal, Spain and other countries as well as entries looking at broader groupings of the world’s ocean pools.
The 2019 annual award will be the third to be given in honour of the late Pat Skinner for a piece of original writing relating to one or more of the ocean pools (Australasian ocean pools, South African ocean pools, American ocean pools, European ocean pools) listed on the All into Ocean Pools Inc website.
2018 Pat Skinner Award results
Our 2018 writing judges decided not to award any prize-money for the 2018 Pat Skinner Award for writing about ocean pools. They did however award two Honourable Mentions.
- our member, Caroline Josephs (yes, the same Caroline Josephs awarded prize- money for our 2018 members-only Shirley Ellis Art Award) for Memory — Palm Beach Ocean Pool, her memoir of the time ‘in 1947 at four and three quarter years of age I learned to float in Palm Beach Ocean Pool. This bodily experience began a lifetime of love of ocean pools. I am now 75 years’, and
- Jane Downing for her story Hurly-Burly, ‘a piece of short fiction remembering the Burleigh Heads ocean pool’ that once existed on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
2017 Pat Skinner Award results
For results of the 2017 award go here.