Fellowship of Australian Writers WA

Supporting Western Australia's writing community

Susan Midalia announced as Stuart Hadow Judge!

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Susan Midalia is the author of three short story collections, all shortlisted for major Australian literary awards: A History of the Beanbag, An Unknown Sky and Feet to the Stars.  Her debut novel The Art of Persuasion was published in 2018.  Highly sought after as a freelance editor, mentor and workshop facilitator, Susan has published critical and academic articles on contemporary Australian women’s fiction in national and international journals.



Western Australian Premiers Book Awards (Shortlisted 2016, 2007)                     

Queensland Literary Awards (Shortlisted 2013)

Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award (Longlisted 2013, 2008)


We welcome Susan Midalia as our guest at Friday@Furphy’s on May 21.  Susan will speak about her writing journey and her second novel Everyday Madness.  See Events page for more details.

Stuart Hadow Short Story Competition now open!

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The Stuart Hadow Short Story Prize celebrates the writing of Lyndall Hadow and Donald Stuart.  A Western Australian brother and sister, they wrote in the mid-20th Century.  Lyndall Hadow was a writer of short stories, reviews, critical articles and edited the magazine 'Our Women'.  Her short story collection Full Cycle deals with rural life and the assimilation of non-British migrants in the South-West.  Donald Stuart wrote short stories and novels, documenting subjects that were ahead of his time.  Ilbarana and Malloonkai are stories of Aboriginal self-determination.  Prince of My Country recounts the story of an Aboriginal station owner.  Donald's novel Yandy documented the Pilbara Aboriginal Station Strike which paved the way for Aboriginal rights all over Australia.

Opening Date: 15th March 2021                                 Closing Date 1st July 2021

Theme: Open

Maximum Length: 3,000 words                                   Maximum Entries per Author: 3

First Prize: $1,000 plus a 2 Week Residency at Mattie Furphy House, Swanbourne; Second Prize: $300; Third Prize: $100.

Entry Fee: $25 per story, Members $15 per story

Go to the Competitions Page for Entry Form/Payment.

DIY  Filmaking Workshops in the July School Holidays

Aimed at young people aged 15 to 25, this series will be facilitated by Suzanne Ingelbrecht.

To run from 9am to 12noon on Tuesday July 6 and Wednesday July 7; and 9am to 12noon on Tuesday July 13 and Wednesday July 14.

A key focus will be storyboarding and script writing.

The course also covers shooting and production. Participants must bring their own i-phone.

$200 for the series.  Twelve places available.

For inquiries and to book email: fellowshipaustralianwriterswa@gmail.com




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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