Fellowship of Australian Writers WA

Supporting Western Australia's writing community

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short story competition

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From stories of family and personal identity, to the abuse of power and environmentalism, the Stuart Hadow Short Story prize attracted 182 short stories from across Australia for the year of 2021. Thank you to the writers who entered the competition; and congratulations to the winners and highly commended entrants.


FAWWA is particularly delighted to announce that Julie Woodland, one of the emerging writers from the original Four Centres Emerging Writers Program (auspiced by Fremantle Press and funded by DLGSCI), has won this year’s Stuart Hadow Short Story Award with ‘The Astrophysics of Love’. 2nd place was awarded to Paulette Gittins from Victoria; and Michael Burrows (WA) placed 3rd. Entries were judged blind, yet Julie Woodland’s story stood out in a national field of 182 submissions. Congratulations Julie! Julie wins $1,000 and a two-week writing residency at Mattie Furphy House, Swanbourne. 

'The Astrophysics of Love' and the Judge's Report by Susan Midalia are available to read on this website.




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


Click on Bert Vickers Library to go to our collection and search our titles

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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.

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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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