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.

Got a question? Email prizes@aawp.org.au

AAWP/UWRF TRANSLATORS’ PRIZE

This prize is offered in partnership with the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF), and is open to translators at any stage of their career. The prize includes a ticket to the UWRF, accommodation for the duration of the festival, and up to $1000 towards economy airfares. You will also receive one year’s membership to the AAWP, fully subsidised conferences fees for the AAWP’s annual conference in November, and be considered for publication by the editors of Meniscus! Entries must be no more than 30 lines (poetry) or 3000 words (prose), and entrants can translate their own work into English. Entries must be accompanied by a ‘Translator’s Statement of Intention’ (up to 400 words) addressing the aims of the translation.

Entries close July 31, 2020

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

AAWP SC CREATIVE NONFICTION PRIZE

This prize is offered in partnership with Slow Canoe Live Journal (SC), and is aimed at emerging writers of creative nonfiction, whether essay, profile, memoir, article, or hybrid. The prize includes a $500 cash prize and fully subsidised fees for the AAWP’s annual conference in November, as well as the opportunity to participate in—and to be considered for publication by—SC! Entries should not exceed 3000 words.

Entries close June 30, 2020

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.

This prize is offered in partnership with the UBUD Writers and Readers Festival, and is aimed at emerging writers of fiction or poetry. The prize includes a ticket to the UWRF, accommodation for the duration of the festival, and $500 towards economy airfares. You’ll also receive one year’s membership to the AAWP, fully subsidised conference fees for the AAWP’s annual conference in November, and be considered for publication by the editors of Meniscus! Entries should not exceed 30 lines (poetry) or 3000 words (prose).  

Entries close July 31, 2020

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

Past Winners:

CHAPTER ONE PRIZE

This prize is offered in partnership with University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP), and is aimed at emerging writers. If you have written a poetry collection, literary novel, short story collection, or a hybrid, genre-crossing work, then you could win a $500 cash prize, alongside fully subsidised conference fees for the AAWP’s annual conference in November 2020. You will also receive a written appraisal of your work from an established literary author and a letter of recommendation to UWAP, which will see your manuscript assessed without delay (and could even lead to a publishing contract)!

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.

Entries close July 31, 2020

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

Past Winners:

AAWP/ASSF EMERGING WRITERS’ SHORT STORY PRIZE

This prize is offered in partnership with the Australian Short Story Festival, and is aimed at emerging writers across Australasia. The prize includes a ticket to the Australian Short Story Festival in October 2020, as well as economy airfares and accommodation, and fully subsidised conference fees to the AAWP’s annual conference in November 2020. The winning entry will also be considered for publication in Meniscus. Entries should be no more than 3000 words, and can be in any style or genre!

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

Entries close July 31, 2020

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’