Writing Competitions & Forms

THE COMPETITIONS

Every second year, the Society conducts competitions in Poetry and Short Story writing. There are two categories of competitions: the  ‘SWWNSW Members Only’ and the ‘National Open’ competitions which open to all Australian women writers who are citizens and permanent residents.

In conjunction with the National Open Poetry and Short Story Prize competitions, the Society also runs the Biennial Book Awards in various categories. However, some of these awards are exclusive to members of the Society of Women Writers NSW.

The Di Yerbury Society of Women Writers’ UK Residency 2014
The Society of Women Writers is offering a UK Residency to a female writer. This residency has been generously donated by our Patron, Professor Di Yerbury. The residency will be located in the beautiful North Devon town of Barnstaple. As a major tourist centre, it has excellent public transport and car access to the moors, famous beaches and very pretty villages.
For more information CLICK HERE

The Rosalind Sharbanee Meyer Encouragement Award 2014
The Society of Women Writers NSW is offering an encouragement award of $1,000 for an unpublished manuscript on any subject.
This award has been generously donated by SWW Life Member Rosalind Meyer, author of A Window into Schizophrenia and Rosie’s War, in memory of her son.
The manuscript can be fiction or non-fiction and in any genre but should be substantially developed and have been through some revision.
For more information CLICK HERE 

New Non-Fiction Award for Essays and Articles
The Society of Women Writers is holding a Non-Fiction Writing Award for Articles and Essays of 2,500 to 3,000 words.
For more information please CLICK HERE 

In 2015,
the National Open Poetry and Short Story Writing Competitions will be open once again to all women writers over eighteen years of age and who are permanent residents of Australia.

The Society will also open the 2015 Biennial Book Awards for Members only.

Information about each competition can be read and/or downloaded for printing from the following links when available.

For Poetry:  

For Short Story (Open Theme)

For the Biennial Book Awards for Members of the Society of Women Writers NSW

 POETRY – 2013 NATIONAL OPEN POETRY AWARD WINNERS
Winners presented on 11th September 2013 at Dixson Room, State Library of NSW
FIRST PRIZE:    Susan Fealy    “The Hope Stone”
SECOND PRIZE:    Dr Frances Olive         “At the Temple”
THIRD PRIZE:      Marilyn Peck    “From My Bed on Dry Winter Mornings”
COMMENDED:      Gillian Hunt    “Heartland”
                          Moira Kirkwood    “Moto (artist to Genius)”
                          Ali Jane Smith    “Sestina After a Marriage”
                          Lesley Walter    “In Memoriam (of Vera Newsom)”
                          Winifred Weir    “Summer Is and Has Been”

SHORT STORY – 2013 Winners of the National Open Short Story Competition
Winners presented on 9th October 2013, at Dixson Room, State Library of NSW
First Prize:    Sarah ENDACOTT “Shock-Shit”
Second Prize:    Julie CHEVALIER  “An Honour that I’d thought not of”
Third Prize:    Claire AMAN  “Wrangler”
COMMENDED
Julie KEARNEY:    ”Killing Him Softly”
Suzanne GASKELL: “Beautiful Boys”
Julie CHEVALIER: “Little Fires”

 

The 2012 Winners of the Members Only Writing Competitions are:

A.  POETRY – Winners presented on 12th September 2012 at Dixson Room, State Library of NSW
First Prize:  ‘We have one another now and again’ by Winifred Weir
Second Prize:  ‘At the Crossing’ by  Lesley Walter
Third Prize:  ‘A Brief History of Fun’ by Dr Penelope S Cottier

B.  SHORT STORY COMPETITION – Winners presented on 10th October 2012 at Dixson Room, State Library of NSW
First Prize:  ‘Beyond Walls’ by Susan McCreery
Second Prize:  ‘Caretaker Li and My Sanity Patch’ By Meg Wallens
Third Prize:  ‘Marked’ by Heather Bird