Fellowship of Australian Writers WA

Supporting Western Australia's writing community


Tom Collins Poetry Prize Now Open!


If you are a writer who has a journal full of poetry and wants to share it with the world, we present to you, the Tom Collins Poetry Prize! An annual competition hosted by FAWWA, the Tom Collins Poetry Prize is one of Australia’s most prestigious poetry awards.


This competition is hosted in the memory of Joseph Furphy (1843-1912), who was an Australian author and wrote under the pen name Tom Collins. Apart from prose and poetry, his work includes the Australian classic Such is Life.


This opportunity is for every writer who has been waiting for a chance to show just how mighty the pen can be when combined with the power of imagination. It doesn’t matter if it rhymes, it doesn’t matter what it is about, as long as it is original and up to 60 lines!


The entry gates have been opened, and they close on 15th December. The first prize is a whopping $1000 with the second prize of $300 and a third of $100.


Time is flying faster than you think so, head to our website to submit your entries! You could submit up to five entries, with $10 for every entry.




Tom Collins House


A Writers Organisation that supports writing

and writers in Western Australia

We were first founded in 1938 with the aim of supporting Western Australian writers and promoting their work.

Every month, we host writing groups, book launches, author talks, poetry readings and  more! Situated at the Tom Collins House and Mattie Furphy House in Swanbourne, FAWWA is a well-respected, not for profit writers center for the Perth metropolitan and regional areas..

We welcome writers of all ages and genre and would love you to be part of our supportive community. We are here for aspiring, emerging and established writers!



The Magic of the Short

Celebrating winning authors from the last sixteen years of the Stuart Hadow Short Story Competition featuring a cornucopia of subjects and styles.

Read the Westerly review

written by Susan Midalia here

$25 plus postage


for winning the Zip Printing Short Story Award

in the Northern Territory Literary Awards 2019

for his story 'Centring'

The Fellowship is proud to be a member of the Copyright Agency and has often benefited from its generous Cultural Fund. The Copyright Agency is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that has been standing up for creators for more than 40 years. They enable the reuse of copyright-protected words and images in return for fair payment to creators. FAWWA recommends that you ensure copyright over your own work as well as looking at what grants are available for writers. To check out the site click here.

FAWWA would like to acknowledge Lotterywest for the generous grant that supported the purchase of equipment and furniture for Mattie Furphy House.

The Four Centres Emerging Writers Program is made possible by a grant from DLGSC.

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