Writing competitions across these three categories will again be held in 2017. Watch this space and check the February and March issues of the e-Newsletter and the March issue of Women’s Ink! for all details and forms regarding entry requirements.

Theme: Be Inspired by Giving Women a Voice

The Society of Women Writers NSW Committee would like to congratulate the following Winners:

National Non-Fiction Award for Essays and Articles 2015

  • First Prize Pippa Kay "Breathtaking"
  • Second Prize Carol Middleton "Dreaming of Freedom"
  • Third Prize Pauline Harvey "The Doctor's Wife"
  • Highly Commended Chystal Abidin "When you travel alone through foreign cities as a young woman"
  • Commended Nicola West "The Fight"

National Poetry Competition 2015

  • First Prize Cynthia Rowe "Union Rep Ruby"
  • Second Prize Carolyn Alfonzetti "Canary Song"
  • Third Prize Moira Kirkwood "Flowering"
  • Highly Commended Gail Hennessy "Finding The Words"
  • Commended Colleen Keating "In Search Of Hildegard Of Bingen"

National Short Story Competition 2015

  • First Prize Michelle Reidy "This Is How A Voice Sounds"
  • Second Prize Lynne Cook "No Words For It"
  • Third Prize Erica Woolgar "Waiting For Mare"
  • Highly Commended Judith O"Connor "Run Rabbit Run"
  • Commended Bridget Mckern "Lady-In-Waiting"

The Biennial Book Awards for members of the Society of Women Writers NSW Inc will again be held in 2018.

POETRY - 2013 NATIONAL OPEN POETRY AWARD WINNERS

Winners presented on September 11, 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 October 9, 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"

A. POETRY - Winners presented on September 12, 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 October 10, 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