Winner of Twisted Tax Tales Announced
The Success Tax Professionals' Twisted Tax Tales Competition has focused on raising funds for the 'Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal' and providing recognition for talented writers.
On Tuesday 30 August, the winning story was announced, "A Tidy Summation" by Susannah Smith, who was awarded prize money of $10,000 and inclusion in the soon to be released Twisted Tax Tales book.
Susannah moved to Sydney as a teenager after growing up in Christchurch, New Zealand, and now calls Sydney home. She is a 28 year old freelance writer and art curator in the process of building up her business, curating exhibitions, writing articles and giving guided art tours around Sydney's growing arts precincts, whilst also juggling a part-time bookshop job.
Susannah said, "Ever since I was a child, I have wanted to be a writer and I have always enjoyed storytelling, whether it is uncovering the story behind an artwork or crafting my own tales. I love perfecting turns of phrase and creating visual worlds through my writing."
She often works on fiction projects in her own time, and as an arts writer has had articles published in the Art Gallery of NSW's Look magazine, the Journal of Australian Ceramics, Curium, The Courtauldian, andCourtauld Critics. She has also written exhibition texts for Home@735 Gallery, Stanley Street Gallery, Interlude Gallery, Art Pharmacy and Wildbrumby Distillery and Sculpture Garden.
Susannah said, "My dream is to write a novel, and I will use the $10,000 prize money from the Twisted Tax Tales Short Story Competition to enable me to spend more time writing and to engage a literary agent to assist with publication."
Susannah always has her nose in a book!
"I have a few favourite authors; Rose Tremain, Ruth Rendell and Deborah Levy are all masters of tone and characterisation, who conjure stories you can get lost in as a reader. A recent favourite is The High Places, a collection of short stories by Australian author Fiona McFarlane."
She hopes one day to write prose as beautifully as Fiona, and says she will use the prize money to hone her literary writing and aim for a novel publication.
You can read Susannah Smith's winning Twisted Tax Tale, A Tidy Summation Here.
The top 10 tales by popularity and the top twenty by merit will be announced in the weeks to come. The chosen stories will be published in the soon to be published Twisted Tax Tales book.
Success Tax Professionals have donated $10,000 to the Appeal. In addition, all profits generated from sale of the book in excess of the advanced donation will also go to the Appeal.
Rebecca Cuthill Manager of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal also congratulated Susannah, noting the inclusion of the feisty Tassie devil, "Squid" was a highlight of the story!
"Our thanks must also go to Success Tax Professionals for their incredible support of the Tassie devil which will make a tangible difference for outcomes for our endangered, much loved animal," she added.