Prizes

Note: This page is a space for AAWP-related opportunities in creative writing and research. For non-AAWP prizes and activities, see the News thread.

AAWP/UWRF TRANSLATORS’ PRIZE

Translators' Prize Flyer

For full details of entry, click here.
To submit, click here.

AAWP SC CREATIVE NONFICTION PRIZE

Slow Canoe Creative Nonfiction Prize Flyer

* 2020 flyer coming soon.

The Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) is delighted to partner with Slow Canoe Live Journal (SC) to provide the AAWP / SC Creative Nonfiction Prize, a publication pathway for emerging writers. The prize is open to creative nonfiction writers.

Heartfelt thanks to the judge for managing the judging process with such integrity—thank you for so generously donating your time in the interests of emerging writers.

For full details of entry, click here.
To submit, click here.

2019 Winner: Anna Kate Blair for ‘Marguerite Duras at the Tepid Baths’
2019 Highly Commended: Helena Gjone for ‘The Price of Perfection’

AAWP X UWRF EMERGING WRITERS’ PRIZE

UWRF Prize Flyer

* Watch this space for the 2020 flyer, announcing this year’s theme.

AAWP is proud to team up with the UBUD Writers and Readers Festival to provide this Emerging Writers’ Prize.

For full details of entry, click here.
To submit, click here.

Past Winners:

CHAPTER ONE PRIZE

Eligible emerging writers are invited to submit one chapter (or 5,000 words) from a literary novel, short story collection, or a hybrid work that crosses genre boundaries. Alternatively, they may submit up to 50 lines of poetry from a larger poetry collection.

You must be an AAWP member, and you may enter as many times as you like. The winner will receive a written appraisal of their work, a letter of recommendation from UWAP, subsidised attendance to the AAWP conference and $500 cash.

If the full manuscript is as robust as ‘Chapter One’, the winner may secure a publishing contract with UWAP.

For full details of entry, click here.  
To submit, click here.

Past Winners:

AAWP/ASSF EMERGING WRITERS’ SHORT STORY PRIZE

Enter your short story to the AAWP/ASSF Short Story Prize for your chance to win.

If you win you will receive — a ticket to the Australian Short Story Festival (ASSF), accommodation for the duration of the festival (maximum value $500) and return economy airfares (maximum value $500).

In addition, you will receive a one-year annual membership to the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) and fully subsidised conference fees to attend the annual conference of the AAWP, where you are invited to read from your work. The editors at Meniscus will consider your work for publication.

Take advantage of this stunning opportunity to celebrate the craft of writing at the Australian Short Story Festival. Be welcomed in to the thriving community of writers within the AAWP. Enter your short story and take advantage of this generous publication pathway and networking opportunity for emerging writers.

For full details of entry, click here.
To submit, click here.

Past Winners:

  • 2019 – Anne Hotta: ‘Kanreki’
  • 2018 – Margaret Hickey: ‘Fowler’s Bay’
  • 2017 – Ruth Armstrong: ‘Paper Cranes’

AAWP POSTGRADUATE PRIZE— THEORETICAL STREAM

To reward Postgraduate excellence in research, the AAWP Executive has in the past awarded prizes for the best scholarly Postgraduate papers.

Prizes:

  • winner—$300 cash prize, annual subscription to Griffith Review, Overland and Review of Australian Fiction. Winner also invited to co-edit conference proceedings
  • commended (up to two awarded)—$100

Eligible: Refereed stream (Academic) AAWP conference papers

Criteria: Clarity of the research question; significance of the inquiry; originality in thought and approach; appropriateness of the writing style.

Past Winners:

  • 2017 – Ruth Armstrong (UTS, Sydney): ‘Paper Cranes’
  • 2016 – Rachel Franks (University of Sydney): ‘Stealing stories: Punishment, profit and the Ordinary of Newgate’
  • 2016 (Highly Commended) – Jason Nahrung’s (University of Queensland): ‘Stolen Futures: The Anthropocene in Australian science fiction mosaic novels’
  • 2015 – Amelia Walker (University of South Australia): ‘Re-Collecting the Self as An o/Other: Creative writing research matters’
  • 2015 (Highly Commended) – Caitlin Maling (Sydney University): ‘Collage and ecopoetry in Brian Teare’s Companion Grasses’
  • 2014 – Lisa Smithies (Melbourne University): ‘Playing with Gaps: Cognitive Science and the Creative Writer’.
  • 2014 (Highly Commended) – Shari Kocher (Melbourne University): ‘Flying into the eye of the volcano: Dickinson’s volcano imagery in Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red’.

AAWP POSTGRADUATE PRIZE— CREATIVE STREAM

To reward Postgraduate excellence in creative practice, the AAWP Executive has in the past awarded a prize for the best creative Postgraduate paper.

Prize: $300 cash prize, annual subscription to Griffith Review, Overland and Review of Australian Fiction.

Eligible: Refereed stream (Creative) AAWP conference papers

Criteria: Clarity; originality in thought and approach.

Past Winners:

  • 2016 – Rowena Lennox (University of Technology Sydney): ‘Coolooloi’
  • 2016 (Highly Commended) – Caitlin Malling (University of Sydney): ‘Spending a Month with William Stafford in Oregon’
  • 2015 – Amelia Walker (University of South Australia): ‘“I” has to give: Rethinking Bloom’s apophrades and/as ghostly Derridean gifts’