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.

AAWP prizes have been ratified by Arts Law:

‘Arts Law was very impressed with AAWP’s attitude, which clearly demonstrated AAWP’s respect for writers.’

You can read more here: https://www.artslaw.com.au/case-studies/fair-terms-for-writing-competitions/

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

AAWP/VOICEWORKS SUDDEN WRITING PRIZE

We were deeply interested in capturing a composite “picture” of what people are writing about. Now. We invite creative work—short-short fiction, “sudden” fiction, “sketchy” stories, creative nonfiction, poetry, as well as hybrid forms.

We accept submissions on the following scale: up to 400 words prose, 40 lines for poetry, 200 words for prose poems, and the equivalent for hybrid forms. Submissions must be previously unpublished. We invite emerging writers to send their most polished work, without delay.

The winner receives $500, their work published on the Express Media website and a Voiceworks subscription, and a one-year membership to the AAWP.

Entry Fee $5
Entries close July 31, 2021

Full terms and conditions here

Submit your entry for the 2021 prize here

Winner 2020: ‘Little Apocalypse’ by Raphail Spartalis.
Read the winning piece right now, up on the Express Media website, here.

Shortlisted Authors 2020 (in alphabetical order): Amelia Bussing, Dominique Byrne, Grace Cassidy, Natasha Durney-Steel, Isabella Garrido, Jessica Hudson, Christina Tungate, Arun Wilfred Sam Than, Lorelei Williams.

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 conference 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 2022 (rather than 2021), depending upon where they are based and in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entry Fee $20
Entries close July 31, 2021

Full terms and conditions here

Submit your entry for the 2021 prize here

Winner 2020: ‘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 2020:

‘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.

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.

Entry Fee $20

Watch this space for news of the 2021 Creative Nonfiction Prize.


Winner 2020:
‘An incomplete archive of blue’ by Dani Netherclift

Highly Commended 2020:

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

Read the 2020 judge’s report here.

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

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 2022 (rather than 2021), depending upon where they are based and in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entry Fee $20
Entries close July 31, 2021

Full terms and conditions of entry here

Submit your entry for the 2021 prize here


Winner 2020:
‘Pit Stop’ by Nina Winter 

Highly Commended 2020:

‘The Suitcase’ by Deborah Huff-Horwood 
‘Jungle Heat’ by Petra Sully 

Read the 2020 judge’s report here.

Past Winners:

CHAPTER ONE PRIZE

Chatper One Prize 2021 flyer

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.

Entry Fee $30
Entries close July 31, 2021.

Full entry terms and conditions here.

Submit your entry for the 2021 prize here.


Winner 2020
: Stone Hearts: A collection of short stories by Lisa Dowdall

Highly commended 2020: The Taste of Cedars by Anne Hotta

Read the 2020 judge’s report 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 2021, as well as economy airfares and accommodation, and fully subsidised conference fees to the AAWP’s annual conference in November 2021. 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! 

Entry fee $20
Entries close July 31, 2021

Full terms and conditions of entry here

Submit your entry for the 2021 prize here


Winner 2020:
‘Cockroach’ by Jane Cornes

Highly Commended 2020:

‘Rose and Thorn’ by Sarah St Vincent Welch 
‘Not-John’ by Jon Geoffrey 

Read the 2020 judge’s report here.

Past Winners:

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

2020 AAWP POSTGRADUATE PRIZE RESULTS

To reward postgraduate academic practice excellence, the AAWP Executive this year reinstated two prizes for the best postgraduate papers presented at conference – one for a scholarly research presentation and one for a creative/hybrid research presentation. The prizes were $250 to each winner, and a bursary to attend the UK’s National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) annual conference. Our 2020 winners were:

Theoretical Stream:

Winner: Molly Murn (Flinders University) for Writing on Thresholds: ekphrasis, collaboration, and threshold poetics. To read the judges’ comments, click here.

Highly Commended:

Alberta Natasia Adji (Edith Cowan University) for Alternating Narration and Communal Mode in Unnatural Feminist Narrative

Elizabeth Bellamy (University of Canberra) for Escape from the Moskoe-strom: Disrupting the whirlpool of shame to restore connection

Creative/Hybrid Stream:

Winner: Marina Deller-Evans (Flinders University) for Strewn Scrabble Letters: exploring the writerly self and grieving self in grief memoir. To read the judge’s comments, click here.

Highly Commended:

Heather McGinn (University of South Australia) for Fractured futures, distant visions:  reckoning with a dis-connective creative writing process

Kimberly K. Williams (University of Canberra) for Rising Tides, Rising Intuition: On the Necessity of Poetry Now More than Ever, A Metatextual Hybrid Essay in Four Parts

PAST AAWP POSTGRADUATE PRIZE RESULTS —THEORETICAL STREAM

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

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.

Entry Fee: $20. 

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’.

PAST AAWP POSTGRADUATE PRIZE RESULTS —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 presented at the AAWP annual conference.

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.

Entry fee: $20.

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