The Society sponsors the Abbie Clancy Award, named after Abigail Mary Clancy (1898-1984), one of the founders of the Society of Women Writers and a prominent early 20th-century journalist.
This bursary of $1,000 is awarded annually and is open to female honours and post-graduate students attending universities in New South Wales. Entrants for the Award must submit an abstract (300-500 words) of an unpublished research paper on the published or unpublished work(s) of fiction or non-fiction of an Australian woman writer or journalist.
2022 Abbie Clancy Award - to be announced on 9 March 2022 at Society's literary event to be held in the Dixson Room, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW.
ABBIE CLANCY AWARD WINNERS
2021 Deborah FitzGerald - Dorothea Mackellar: Whose Country?
2020 Sarah Pope - To Be and Be Seen: Alice Jane Muskett (1869–1936) and the ‘Role of the One Who Looks On’.
2018 Cheryl O'Byrne - Betwixt and Between: Rereading Poppy as Autofiction
2017 Katrina Foster
2016 Meg Brayshaw
2015 Isobel Barrett Meyering
2013 Claire Timbs and Claire Nashar - awarded jointly
2011 No award given.