Tasmania Reads

Short Story Competition

The winners of the Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival Children’s Short Story Competition were announced as part of Tasmania Reads Week, on Thursday 9 March at a special event hosted at Government House.

The competition encouraged children to imagine they were Agatha Christie, and write a mystery short story set in Tasmania. The theme arose from the festival’s celebration of the centenary of Agatha Christie’s visit to Tasmania.

A selection of shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology by Libraries Tasmania and added to the State Library collection.

The festival is a celebration of books, writing and community in Tasmania’s Huon Valley.


More information, including photographs and the full list of winners, runners up, and shortlisted stories can be found on the Festival’s website.

Up to year 2
Winner – Monkey Mystery, Olivia Kristiansen
Honourable Mention – The Mystery of the Missing Wand, Daisy Walter

Years 3 and 4
Winner – Detective Apple-Hat and the Cherry Tree Manor Mystery, Arthur Dendle Crerar
Honourable Mention – Elisabeth and the Missing Wallet, Lavinia Pearce

Years 5 and 6
Winner – The Clue of the Ascending Letter, Sebastian Harvey
Honourable Mention – Snuffed in Snug, Neve Windsor

Open to age 16
Joint Winner – Murder on the Oreo Express, Grace Fu
Joint Winner – The Mysterious Affair at Shirley’s, Ava McMahon Jones