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Shortlisted for the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award, Maria Papas shares her manuscript about what it is like to bear witness as a sibling battles a serious and frightening illness

Maria Papas’s manuscript, I Belong to the Lake, is one of three unpublished manuscripts in the running to win the 2020 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award. If she wins, she’ll secure herself a publishing contract with Fremantle Press and a $15,000 cash prize from the City of Fremantle.

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An interview with Joanna Morrison, shortlisted for the 2020 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award

Jo Morrison began her writing career as a journalist, first in Perth and then in Fremantle. She soon realised she wanted to write fiction instead of news, although she contends that in some ways the two forms are not that different. While journalism is by definition factual, setting it well apart from fiction, both forms aim to tell engaging stories, and both are propelled by curiosity – about the world, and about the human condition.

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