2020 Quills: Feature Writing

Nick McKenzie of the Good Weekend magazine has won the 2020 Feature Writing Quill.

Judges' citation

Almost nothing about the creation of this story was easy. Through patient research and fine writing it reaches the most impenetrable places and gently draws out profound insights about trauma and grief and forgiveness. This extraordinary piece helps to heal the anguish of an army doctor who felt he didn’t do enough and an Afghan family who lost their father to the brutality of Australian soldiers. It is beautiful reporting.

The winning entry

'One Last Mission', Good Weekend, 27 June 2020

Highly commended

Cheryl Hall, Belinda Hawkins & Megan Mackander, ABC online, 'Bad Romance'

Other finalists

Chip Le Grand, The Age, 'How We Beat COVID'

Grant McArthur, Sunday Herald Sun, 'Inside COVID's hot zone'

Please note: the above link/s may not comprise the entirety of an entry submitted for consideration.

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