Susannah Smith Twisted Tax Tales WinnerThe winner of the 2016 $10,000 Twisted Tax Tales Short Story Competition is;

‘A Tidy Summation’ by Susannah Smith from Sydney

Congratulations Susannah!!

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, and Courtauld 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 told us, “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 our Twisted Tax Tales book.

Congratulations again to Susannah!

The following top 2o by merit and top 1o by popularity will be published in our Twisted Tax Tales book.

Top 20 Tales By Merit

  • A Tidy Summation by Susannah Smith from Australia
  • The Rupunzal File by Nikki MckWatters from Australia
  • Anna Cow Tent by J.M Cochrane from Australia
  • The Provider by Anne Wilkins from New Zealand
  • The Secret to Success and The Secret to Success – Second Bite by Anne Gilles from Australia
  • Forensic Accounting by Nikki McWatters from Australia
  • Accountant Dracula by Dau Branchazel from Australia
  • Lucky Bastard by Mike Woodhouse from Australia
  • Mr Holt’s Magical Duck by Marcus Elliot from New Zealand
  • Selfish Wishes by Dianne M Dean from Australia
  • 50 Not Out by Mark Davoren from the United Kingdom
  • Abacus by Ellis Clover from Australia
  • The Accountant by A.J Walker from the United Kingdom
  • Jack and the Bean Counter by Romnii Dodds from Australia
  • Life, Death and Taxes by Angela J. Maher from Tasmania
  • Accounting for My Twisted Mistake by Paula Price from Australia
  • When Jonesy Met Flavie by Kaz Kilmore from Australia
  • The Were Rat by David Boyle from New Zealand
  • Night of Masks by Alber Sabanoglu from Spain
  • A (Not so) Terrible Tampon Tax by Pip Marks from Australia

Top 10 Tales By Facebook Likes

  • The Bear by Eduard Khachikyan from Armenia – 2600 Likes
  • The Island’s Secrets by Elisa Konomi from Albania – 2500 Likes
  • The Diary of a Destined Nigerian Accountant by Aseleni Wodo from Nigeria – 883 Likes
  • On My Way By My Way by Olsi Shahini from Albania – 675 Likes
  • Top of The Ladder by Samantha Mahmood from Malaysia – 328 Likes
  • That’s Enough by Narayan Sharma from Nepal – 288 Likes
  • A New Day Marks a New Beginning by Panagiota Kitsopoulos from Germany – 286 Likes
  • The Poor Accountant by Alex Jones from Australia – 255 Likes
  • The Holiday by Deby Adair from Australia – 245 Likes
  • A Nymph’s Kiss by Irena Georgieva from Bulgaria 220 Likes

Honorable Mentions

  • The Bean Counter by Andrea Mounter from Australia
  • Buy Now Pay Later by Jennifer Stokes from Australia
  • A Rhinoceros by Michael Schaper from Australia
  • A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Anne Feng from Australia
  • Mr Gilberry by Eden Van Leeuwen from Australia

Saving the Tasmanian Devil

The Success Tax Professionals’ Twisted Tax Tales Competition focuses on raising funds for the ‘Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal’ and providing recognition for talented writers.

We 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.

The Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal is the central fundraiser for the Tasmanian Devil. Administered by the University of Tasmania Foundation and working in partnership with the Tasmanian and Australian governments, the Appeal is the philanthropic arm of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program. Established in 2003, The Save the Tasmanian Devil Program is the national response to the threat posed by Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) to the Tasmanian Devil. The Tasmanian Devil is highly endangered due to a disease epidemic caused by this unique contagious cancer.


Entry Details

  • Entries will be accepted from the 1st of March 2016 till the 30th June, 2016 12:00am (WST).
  • Entries will go live for public viewing and voting on the 1st of May 2016 (submitting your story prior to May 1st will give you an advantage).
  • Voting will be allowed from the 1st of May till the 31st of July 2016 12:00am (WST) with winner being announced in the month of August 2016.
  • Your short story must involve an accountant as one of the main characters.
  • Entries will be limited to 5000 words.
  • Top 20 stories will be published in a book in December 2016 with 100% of profits going to the Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal. The top 20 will be determined as the Top 10 by ‘likes’ and another 10 by a committee. No royalties on the book. Writers will receive recognition and be able to re-use the material.
  • Entries must use UK English spelling, be proof read and grammar checked, use single spacing after full stops (periods), and double quotation marks around speech to be eligible.
  • Only the first 150 entries that meet our conditions of entry will be published on and be eligible for the competition. Stories will be chosen at the discretion of Success Tax Professionals.
  • The winner will be determined by committee. Judgment will be made based on story merit as well as popularity determined by the number of likes the story receives on Facebook.

*Entries and voting is now closed*  Liking a story will no longer affect which stories will be published in the book.

Please read the Conditions of Entry


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