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Fellowship of Australian Writers WA

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Congratulations to the winners

The Fellowship of Australian Writers WA congratulates Cathryn deVries, Asha Rajan, and Felicia Henderson, whose short stories were chosen as first, second and third place winners in the Stuart and Hadow Short Story Prize 2023

The winners were announced by judge Dr Rashida Murphy at Mattie Furphy House, Swanbourne, on Sunday, November 19. 

Dr Murphy said the 96 entries were by an "extremely accomplished set of writers of a standard I have rarely encountered in my years of reading,

assessing and judging literary competitions." 
The stories represented a "genre-defying mix of surrealism, magic realism, humour and straightforward storytelling".
Entries by the following writers were Highly Commended: 

Jack Kirne, VIC; Faiza Bokhari, WA; Jodie Kewley, VIC.

Entries by the following writers were Commended: Joshua Sorenson, VIC; Lyndall Weightman, WA; Karen Hollands, Queensland. 

Read the judge's report by clicking here. And click here for more. 

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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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