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The next SWW Book Awards for Members of the Society of Women Writers NSW will now be held in 2018, for books published between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018.

Every second year, members are invited to submit books published over the previous two years. Separate awards are given for fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s books. Two Children’s Book Awards may be given – one for a book for younger readers, and one for an adolescent/young adult book.

2016 SWW BOOK AWARDS

NON-FICTION:

  • First Prize: Rosalind Meyer (Rosie's War)
  • Second Prize: Susan P Ramage (Kokoda Secret: Ian Hutchison, Australian Hero)
  • Third Prize: Sue Castrique (Under the Colony's Eye)
  • Highly Commended: Ann Howard (You'll be sorry. How World War II changed women's lives)

FICTION

  • First Prize: Libby Sommer (My Year With Sammy)
  • Second Prize: Johanna Nicholls (Golden Hope)
  • Third Prize: Isolde Martyn (The Golden Widows)
  • Highly Commended. Johanna Nicholls (The Lace Balcony)

POETRY

  • First Prize Cynthia Rowe (Floating Nest)
  • Second Prize:  Karen Throssell (Motherhood Statement)
  • Equal Third Prize:
  • Marilyn Peck (A Girl in the River)
  • Colleen Keating (A Call to Listen)

YOUNG ADULTS

  • First Prize: 
Pamela Rushby (The Ratcatcher’s Daughter)
  • Second Prize:  
Pamela Rushby (Flora’s War)
  • Third Prize: 
Libby Hathorn (Eventual Poppy Day
)

CHILDREN:

  • First Prize: 
Susanne Gervay (Being Jack) 

  • Second Prize: 
Libby Hathorn (Outside, illustrated by Ritva Voutila)
  • Third Prize: 

Libby Hathorn (IncredibilIia, illustrated by Gaye Chapman)


2013 SWW Book Awards

NON-FICTION:

  • 
Equal 1st Prize: 
    Carol Baxter (Captain Thunderbolt & His Lady)
    Dr Susan Steggall (A Most Generous Scholar)
  • 3rd Prize: Clio Calodoukas  (All Roads Lead to Shanghai)
  • Highly Commended:  Heather Bird  (I Hear You)
  • Highly Commended:  Colleen O’Sullivan  (Once A Day Dawn)

JUNIOR FICTION 

  • 1st Prize: Felicity Pulman (A Ring Through Time)
  • 2nd Prize: Susanne Gervay (Ships In The Field)
  • 3rd Prize:  Libby Hathorn (A Boy Like Me)

POETRY 

  • 1st Prize: Yve Louis  (A Door In The Forest)
  • 2nd Prize:  Dr Penelope Cottier (The Cancellation of Clouds)
  • 3rd Prize:  Brenda Saunders (Looking for Bullin Bullin)

2011 SWW Book Awards

NON-FICTION

•  1st Prize: Lindsay Lewis & Sharyn Killens (The Inconvenient Child)


•  2nd Prize: Dr Maria Hill (Diggers & Greeks)


•  3rd Prize: Yvonne Louis  (A Brush with Mondrian) 


•  Highly Commended: Pam Bayfield  (Come with Me) 


•  Highly Commended: Beverley Earnshaw (Carss Park)

FICTION

•  1st Prize: Mary-Ellen Mullane  (Once on a Road)


•  Highly Commended: P S (Penelope) Cottier  (A Quiet Day) 


•  Commended: Dr Patricia Gaut (Sympathetic Vibrations)

JUNIOR FICTION

•  1st Prize: Susanne Gervay (Always Jack)


•  2nd Prize: Cynthia Rowe (Bad Grass) 


•  3rd Prize: Libby Hathorn  (I Love You Book ) 


•  Highly Commended: Wendy Blaxland (I Can Cook – series)

POETRY


•  1st Prize: Winifred Weir (Walking on Ashes) 


•  Highly Commended: Carolyn Gerrish (The View from the Moon) 


•  Commended: Libby Hathorn (Vietnam Reflections)