Time to challenge yourself, dust off your writing skills, put pen to paper or fingers to keypads …


The Society’s biennial National Writing Competition is open to female writers who are Australian citizens or permanent residents, aged 18 years or over, members and non-members.  


Closing date is 6:00 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on 30 June 2021.


PRIZES AWARDED


Short Story – Fiction


Winner – $500
Highly Commended – $250
Commended – $100


Short Story – Non-Fiction


Winner – $500
Highly Commended – $250
Commended – $100


Poetry


Winner – $300
Highly Commended – $200
Commended – $100


Winning entries willl also be considered for incusion in The Society’s centenary anthology to be published in 2025.


Fee per entry:


Short Story – Fiction and Non-Fiction:


   Members: $30
   Non-members:  $40


Poetry:


   Members:  $15 per poem or $40 for three
   Non-members:  $20 per poem


Receiving officers:


Short Story – Fiction:
Michele Bomford, 18 William Street, Bundanoon 2578  michele.cb@bigpond.com


Short Story – Non-Fiction:
Ann Beaumont, C/- GPO Box 1388, Sydney 2001  abeaumont6@bigpond.com


Poetry:
Rita Shaw, 10 Kemble Place, Bilgola Plateau 2107  rhinoservices@iinet.net.au


 


Please see the attached file for further details and Entry Form – 2021 National Writing Competition Entry Form

 

National Writing Competitions 2019 Results

Winners:
Kathy Prokhovnik – A Day at the Beach (Fiction)
Joanne Ruppin – Night Reunion (Poetry)
Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan – Frothing (Non-Fiction)

Highly Commended:
Jean Flynn – Forty (Fiction)
Anne Carson – What if the lake … (Poetry)
Susan Steggall – Re-Carving an Identity (Non-Fiction)

Commended:
Anna Bay – The Tamarillo Tree (Fiction)
Margaret Ruckert – Unconformity (Poetry)
Carmel Bendon – The Gift of a Book (Non-Fiction)

 

National Writing Competitions 2017 Results

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

National Non-Fiction Award for Essays and Articles 2017

  • First Prize - An Appetite for Awe - Anni Webster  
  • Second Prize - Pilbara Boots - Robyn Elliott
  • Third Prize - WB Yeats and Yours Truly - Megan Wallens                          
  • Highly Commended - You Are All Dreamers - Carol Middleton
  • Highly Commended - Slippery Side of the Street - Judith O'Connor
  • Highly Commended - Please Don't Tell - Joanne Ruppin

National Short Story Competition 2017

  • Short Story Competition 2017
  • First Prize - ‘Paper Nautilus’ - Fran Collings
  • Second Prize - ‘Traumeri’ – Paulette Gittins
  • Third Prize - ‘Rewind’ – Polly Jude

National Poetry Competition 2017

  • Equal First Prize - Persistence in Three Languages - Helen Thurloe   
  • Equal First Prize - Stille Nacht and Silent Night - Joanne Ruppin
  • Highly Commended - The Night Before the Truck - Susan Fealy
  • Highly Commended - Thomas Merton - Shane McCauley

 

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
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