Prizes

This page is a space for creative writing opportunities created by the AAWP and our partners. For more, non-AAWP, prizes and activities, see the News thread.

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

AAWP/UWRF TRANSLATORS’ PRIZE

Winner: ‘423 Colours- excerpts from the Spanish novel 423 colores by Juan Gallardo and Rafael Avendaño’, translated by Lilit Thwaites.

Author bio: I am a Melbourne-based literary translator, and an honorary research fellow in contemporary Spanish literature at La Trobe University. My book-length translations include the bestselling The Librarian of Auschwitz (Antonio Iturbe, 2017 & 2019), Australian Connection (multiple authors, 2019), and 2 futuristic novels by Rosa Montero, Tears in Rain (Rosa Montero, 2012), and its sequel, Weight of the Heart (2016). My translations of Spanish short stories, essays and the occasional poem have been published in various journals and anthologies. I present sessions at writers’ festivals, organise and take part in visits to Australia by Spanish-speaking writers, give lectures on Spanish-related and translation topics, and feature as a commentator on matters Spanish in the media. In 2016, I was awarded the Spanish Order of Civil Merit in recognition of my promotion of Spanish culture in Australia. https://scholars.latrobe.edu.au/display/lmthwaites

Highly Commended:

‘A Dosimeter on the Narrow Road to Oku’ by Durian Sukegawa, translated by Alison Watts

‘Mestri Di Mont’ an excerpt from Tito Maniacco’s (1932-2010) memoir, Mestri di mont (2007), translated by Valentina Maniacco.

‘Martin, Martin’s Newborn Brother, His Father, His Mother, The Doctor, Aunt Juanita, The Birdcages and a Bird’ – a short story by Ana María Moix, translated by Lilit Thwaites

‘The Blind Spot – excerpts from the Spanish novel El ángulo ciego by Luisa Etxenike’, translated by Lilit Thwaites.

Read the judge’s report here.

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.

Note: The winner may need to attend UWRF in 2021 (rather than 2020), depending upon where they are based and the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

AAWP SC CREATIVE NONFICTION PRIZE

Winner: ‘An incomplete archive of blue’ by Dani Netherclift

Author bio: Dani Netherclift lives in Geelong. She has recently been published in Meanjin, and in Cordite Poetry Review and has forthcoming work elsewhere. She was nominated for the 2018 and 2019 Judith Rodriguez Prize.

Highly Commended: ‘Learning to Say Goodbye the Dublin Way’ by Breda Hertaeg

Author bio: A retired nurse/midwife, Breda is writing her memoir in short stories. ‘Learning to Say Goodbye the Dublin Way’ is a memory from her young childhood which has remained vividly with her. The two girls in the story are still friends. There was no ban on children viewing dead people and Breda saw many more than those two mentioned.

Read the judge’s report here.

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.

Past Results:

  • 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

Winner: ‘Pit Stop’ by Nina Winter 

Author bio: Raised in the small town of South Hedland, Western Australia, and the even smaller town of Whitianga, New Zealand, Nina’s dreams of bright lights, big city have taken her to Tokyo, London and Qatar. In 2016 she quit her job and wandered the Caribbean for a year. In 2019 she became an Irish citizen. She now lives in Perth, Western Australia.

Highly Commended:

‘The Suitcase’ by Deborah Huff-Horwood 

‘Jungle Heat’ by Petra Sully 

Read the judge’s report here.

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).  

Note: The winner may need to attend UWRF in 2021 (rather than 2020), depending upon where they are based and the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Past Winners:

CHAPTER ONE PRIZE

Winner: Stone Hearts: A collection of short stories by Lisa Dowdall

Author Bio: Lisa Dowdall is a writer and academic based in Sydney. Her work has previously appeared in Kill Your Darlings, Strange Horizons, Seizure Online, and Spineless Wonders.

Highly commended:

The Taste of Cedars by Anne Hotta

Read the judge’s report here.

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.

Past Winners:

AAWP/ASSF EMERGING WRITERS’ SHORT STORY PRIZE

Winner: ‘Cockroach’ by Jane Cornes

Author bio: Jane Cornes Maclean is an award-winning features writer, editor, writing teacher, musician and songwriter. For over a decade, Jane was WA State Editor for Gourmet Traveller magazine. She was also the Food and Wine Editor for Scoop magazine and inaugural Program Director of the Mundaring Truffle Festival. For five years, she wrote independent restaurant reviews under the “Madame Lush” byline for Brett Christian’s Post Newspapers group. Today her primary focus – and joy – is helping others realise their creative potential. Jane has edited numerous non-fiction titles and contributed feature articles to a wide variety of magazines and newspapers. You’ll also find her on Soundcloud, talking up food with ABC Perth Radio host Andrea Gibbs on the Mutual Mastication segment. Jane was the Artistic Director of the Nanga Music Festival for almost a decade – a role she stepped down from in 2018 to focus on her own creative work. As well as teaching songwriting and writing at retreats in Australia and overseas, Jane also runs therapeutic writing classes for women who have experienced domestic and family violence through Starick, one of WA’s foremost providers of domestic and family violence support services. She works with PTSD West, providing therapeutic writing clsses for women who have experienced PTSD. Jane has written dozens of songs, released four CDs of original music and was half of acclaimed gal duo Doris. Today, her trio Jane and The Rain performs at festivals and events throughout Australia.

Highly Commended:

‘Rose and Thorn’ by Sarah St Vincent Welch 

‘Not-John’ by Jon Geoffrey 

Read the judge’s report here.

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 2021, 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!

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’

Any questions about our Prizes? Email prizes@aawp.org.au