Literary stars were shining brightly at Sydney’s Queer Thinking event on February 25 for the announcement of the winners of the 2012 Mardi Gras Short Story Competition. Judges read 98 stories this year, twice as many as had entered the 2011 contest.

LGBT writers were no doubt encouraged by generous prizes donated by The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and The Sydney Writers Centre: the first prize of $2000 was awarded to Victorian freelance journalist James May for his Story Aunt Ruby, while the Youth Prize of $1000 went to Canberra student Isobel Roper for her entry Grace.

Theirs and other winning stories can be read on or

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