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CFP: TEXT Special Issue: Identity, politics and writing

This special issue of TEXT seeks to explore issues related to identity, politics and creative writing from the perspective of creative writers and creative writing academics. The question of who can speak and what stories can be told is central to any discussion of contemporary writing.

Is Australian literature diverse enough or is it still predominantly white, middle class, heterosexual and male? Does it matter?  If we believe that fiction has the capacity to create empathy, to change the way we see the world, then we should care that some voices and stories are not being heard or that they are being represented in ways that perpetuate stereotypes and prejudices. And what can writers do about it? Should we do anything? Should white writers write Indigenous characters and stories? Should heterosexual writers write gay characters and stories?  Should women only write about women?  What is the role of writing academics and writing programs in this debate?

We invite articles that explore the intersections between identity politics and writing.  Articles must relate closely to creative writing practice, research and/or teaching. Themes may include but are not limited to

  • Politics of writing and publishing
  • Cultural appropriation and creative writing
  • White writing
  • Taste and aesthetics
  • Identity politics and the writer
  • Narrating the ‘other’
  • Diversity in the Australian publishing industry
  • Diversity in Australian Literature
  • Diversity in Creative Writing pedagogy
  • Privilege – who has it? What do you do with it?
  • Unfettered Imagination/Fettered imagination
  • Intersectionality and writing
  • Creative writing and the canon
  • Indigenous writing
  • Queer writing
  • Diasporic and minority writing
  • trans/gressions, incoherences, destabilizations
  • Ethics and writing

Editors: Dr Natalie Kon-yu and Dr Enza Gandolfo

ARTICLES DUE:  1st May 2017. Articles will be sent to two referees for blind review.  Revised articles need to be submitted by October 2017. The Special Issue will be published in April 2018.

All papers and related correspondence should be addressed to Dr Enza Gandolfo at Enza.Gandolfo@vu.edu.au

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Emerging Writers’ Prize

AAWP is proud to team up with the UBUD Writers and Readers Festival to launch the Emerging Writers’ Prize! See the Terms and Conditions for more information.

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 500 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, fully 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.

To download full details, click here.  To submit, click here.

Past Winners:



To reward Postgraduate excellence in research, the AAWP Executive will be awarding prizes for the best scholarly Postgraduate papers.Prizes:

  • winner—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) 2016 conference papers

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

Deadline: 4 December 2016

Submission: Shane Strange Shane.Strange@canberra.edu.au

Results: December 2016

Past Winners:

  • 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’.



To reward Postgraduate excellence in creative practice, the AAWP Executive will be awarding 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) 2016 conference papers

Criteria: Clarity; originality in thought and approach

Deadline: 4 December 2016

Submission: Shane Strange Shane.Strange@canberra.edu.au

Results: December 2016

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’