Magenta Sheridan Wins 2017 MWF Creative Writing Prize

Thursday 25 May 2017

The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts has awarded Bachelor of Arts (Honours) student Magenta Sheridan with the 2017 Melbourne Writers Festival Creative Writing Prize.

Now in its second year, the Prize is a joint partnership between MWF and University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts, celebrating and supporting new creative writing talent. Chair of the MWF Board John Jerome Myers and Dean of the Faculty of Arts Mark Considine were present to hand out the award, along with a $1000 cash prize and MWF’s coveted, all-access Premium Pass.

Recalling her fond memories of attending the Festival as a high school student, Magenta said MWF’s support was “very special” to her.

“I can still remember my wonder and excitement in attending my first Festival as a year 10 student. I wondered then how I could become part of something so amazing, and I feel now I am closer than ever to achieving this,” she said.

“I am very excited to attend the Melbourne Writers Festival this year and continue to participate in Melbourne’s incredible writing community.”

You can read the full excerpt of Magenta’s expression of thanks below:

I would like to extend my thanks to the Melbourne Writers Festival for their kind and generous donation. I am surprised and humbled to be recognised for my work and to receive this prize. Being awarded this prize fuels my passion to strive to work in the arts and continue my study in Creative Writing. It has immeasurably improved my confidence in myself and my work. The prize will help me reach my goals and aid my transition from study into the creative industry. To be supported by the Melbourne Writers Festival is very special to me, as I can still remember my wonder and excitement in attending my first festival as a year 10 student. I wondered then how I could become part of something so amazing, and I feel now I am closer than ever to achieving this. I am very excited to attend the Melbourne Writers Festival this year and continue to participate in Melbourne’s incredible writing community. I would also like to thank The University of Melbourne – particularly the tutors, lecturers and fellow students who have taught me so much. You have truly aided in my transformation from the nervous first-year student I was to the person I am becoming. The University has provided me with a fostering and inspiring environment in which I can think freely and express myself. My love for language and creative thinking is something I will always value. I hope in the future to continue my engagement with the University and to pass on the knowledge and positive experiences I have had to others.

Image description: (from L – R) Dean of the Faculty of Arts Mark Considine, winner Magenta Sheridan, Chair of MWF Board John Jerome Myers. Image credit: University of Melbourne.

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