Postgraduate Initiatives


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


  • winner—$300 cash prize, annual subscription to 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

Results: December 2016

Past Winners:

  • 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 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

Results: December 2016

Past Winners:

  • 2015 – Amelia Walker (University of South Australia): ‘“I” has to give: Rethinking Bloom’s apophrades and/as ghostly Derridean gifts’


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.  Please address enquiries and submissions to



Emerging Writer’s Prize

This competition is open to emerging writers across Australasia. Emerging writers will not have a full-length, single-authored, commercially published, print publication in any genre.

If you win you will receive — a ticket to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF), accommodation for the duration of the festival and $500 towards economy airfares. 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 South East Asia’s largest and most exciting literary festival. Be welcomed in to the thriving community of writers within the AAWP. Enter your short story or poem and take advantage of this generous publication pathway and networking opportunity for emerging writers.


  • 2016 – Annabel Wilson


Examination of Doctoral Degrees

The creative arts disciplines constitute an important growth area for research higher degrees (HDR) and, in the years since the Strand Report (1998), they have built a body of knowledge and set of practices associated with research and research higher degrees. However, there is virtually no empirical work in, or across, the creative arts disciplines that investigates how HDR examiners arrive at the commentary presented in their reports. Based on a process of national benchmarking and through extensive consultation, this project investigated assessment practices, processes and standards in creative arts HDR, as well as beliefs and expectations of HDR students, supervisors and examiners, in order to establish a shared understanding of standards within this field of study.

The project was generously funded by the Office of Learning and Teaching, and supported by the lead institution, the University of Canberra (UC), and by Central Queensland University (CQU).

The AAWP supported this project in a number of ways:

  • project leader (Prof Jen Webb, UC), co-investigator (Prof Donna Lee Brien, CQU), and project manager (Dr Sandra Burr, UC) are all established AAWP members, and the former two are also executive members of long standing
  • AAWP executive members Dr Marcelle Freiman and Prof Claire Woods served on the Reference Group
  • the AAWP hosted a cross-arts workshop on doctoral examinations, on the Australian Postgraduate Writing Network site <>, in August 2012
  • the AAWP acted as publisher for the booklet, Examining Doctorates in the Creative Arts: A Guide