The AAWP works with our partner organisations to offer five annual opportunities for emerging writers.

These prizes are:

AAWP/UWRF Translators’ Prize, in partnership with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

AAWP SC Creative Nonfiction Prize, with Slow Canoe Live Journal

AAWP X UWRF Emerging Writers’ Prize, with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

Chapter One Prize, with the University of Western Australia Publishing

AAWP/ASSF Emerging Writers’ Short Story Prize, with the Australian Short Story Festival

For more information on any of these prizes, visit our Prizes page.

Prizes and Partnerships Portfolio Team

All AAWP prizes are managed by the Prizes and Partnerships Portfolio team. In 2020, this is Julia Prendergast, Katrina Finlayson, and Daniel Juckes.

Please feel welcome to contact us via email with any queries about AAWP prizes.

Julia Prendergast

Julia’s novel, The Earth Does Not Get Fat was published in 2018 (UWA Publishing: Australia). Recent short stories feature in Australian Short Stories 66 (Pascoe Publishing 2018). Other stories have been recognised and published: Lightship Anthology 2 (UK), Glimmer Train (US), TEXT (AU) Séan Ó Faoláin Competition, (IE), Review of Australian Fiction, Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Prize, Josephine Ulrick Prize (AU). Julia’s research focuses practice-based analysis of creative writing methodology, with a particular focus on meta-level processes: including psychoanalytic and neuroscientific approaches. Julia is a Senior Lecturer in Writing and Literature at Swinburne University, Melbourne and current chair of AAWP. She is an enthusiastic supporter of interdisciplinary, open and collaborative research practices.

Katrina Finlayson

Katrina Finlayson is a creative writer and researcher, working mostly in creative nonfiction. She holds a doctorate in creative writing from Flinders University, and her PhD research used the psychoanalytical theory of the Uncanny as a launch point to explore ideas about the anxiety of being a stranger and how this relates to creative writing. Katrina’s personal and critical essays have been published in Meanjin, TEXT, and Axon. Her writing explores ideas about strangeness, place and displacement, home and travel, and the nature and significance of memory and identity.

Daniel Juckes

Daniel is a writer from Perth, Western Australia. He is a sessional academic at Curtin University, from where he holds a PhD in Creative Writing, and he works at Westerly magazine as Administrative Editor. His creative and critical work has been published in journals such as AxonLife Writing, M/C Journal, TEXT, and Westerly, and his research investigates the potential of objects in stories about the past, as well as seamlessness in prose style.


The Research Portfolio supports the AAWP and its members with all matters relating to research and research training. It guides, mentors and troubleshoots on issues as diverse as strategic publishing, grant development, Excellence in Research for Australia (including engagement and impact) and doctoral supervision. The portfolio also has a national voice in research and research training policy developments, and is happy to hear from anyone within the AAWP community – or beyond – if issues or special projects arise.

The portfolio’s core aims are to:

  • keep abreast with research developments in Australia and beyond, and ensure the Creative and Professional Writing discipline is well informed;
  • contribute to a healthy research culture for the discipline;
  • contribute to a robust HDR/research training culture for the discipline;
  • lead strategic projects where there is an identified need (e.g., sector developments, government initiatives, disciplinary needs);
  • mentor researchers in the discipline towards high quality research outputs and outcomes;
  • maintain a strong international profile for Australian Creative and Professional Writing research.

Research Portfolio Team

Craig Batty (Portfolio Chair)

Professor Craig Batty is Head of Creative Writing at the University of Technology Sydney. He is the author, co-author and editor of 12 books, including Writing for the Screen: Creative and Critical Approaches (2nd ed.) (2019), Screen Production Research: Creative Practice as a Mode of Enquiry (2018) and Screenwriters and Screenwriting: Putting Practice into Context (2014). He has also published over 70 book chapters and journals articles on the topics of screenwriting practice, screenwriting theory, creative practice research and doctoral supervision. Craig is also a screenwriter and script consultant, with experiences in short film, feature film, television and online drama.

Sue Joseph (Research Training Lead)

A journalist for more than forty years working in Australia and the UK, Dr Sue Joseph began working as an academic teaching print journalism at the University of Technology Sydney in 1997. She now teaches in creative writing, particularly creative non-fiction writing, in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Her research interests are around sexuality, secrets and confession, framed by the media; ethics and trauma narrative; memoir; reflective professional practice; ethical HDR supervision; nonfiction poetry; and Australian creative non-fiction. Her fourth book, Behind the Text: Candid conversations with Australian creative nonfiction writers, was released in 2016. She is currently Joint Editor of Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics.

AAWP Research Outcomes

Examining Doctorates in the Creative Arts: A Guide. Prepared by Jen Webb, Donna Lee Brien and Sandra Burr (2012). View the booklet

Examination of Doctoral Degrees in Creative Arts: Process, Practice and Standards (final report). Prepared by Jen Webb, Donna Lee Brien and Sandra Burr (2013) View the report

Letter in support of NTEU

A letter in support of the National Tertiary Education Union’s (NTEU) decision to offer fee relief for casual members in the face of Covid-19.

NiTRO Article

In this article in the March edition of NiTRO, the journal of the Australian Society of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts (DDCA), AAWP Chair Dr Julia Prendergast and Deputy Chair Professor Craig Batty discuss AAWP’s work to negotiate a collective voice for creative practitioners, teachers, and researchers.

Letter in Support of UWAP

In November 2019, the AAWP wrote this letter in response to the proposed closure of the University of Western Australia Press. We were subsequently delighted to hear of the decision to keep UWAP running.

National Association for Writers in Education (NAWE) Articles

The AAWP is a contributor to Writing in Education, the journal of the UK’s National Association for Writers in Education (NAWE).

View the AAWP contributions here:

AAWP in Writing in Education, November 2019

AAWP in Writing in Education, October 2018