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December newsletter

Acting President’s Christmas Message.

Well we all might celebrate today with a rich 2019 just about behind us! A slew of solid work and some celebrated milestones, from book launches to ongoing workshops and writer sessions, a swinging Southern Retreat, and the appearance on the scene of the Fellowship’s short story anthology, Storyfire. This collection of prize winning stories is the latest in a long line of FAW publications, proving there’s life in the printed word, and all the more important if the mooted closure of UWAP happens, sad as that would be. An amazing year when you look at it, from the partnership with Freo Press and ArtsWA in mentoring, to the scintillating Euro poetry performance event by WAAPI here on our grass patch and a national troubadour’s concert, making full use of the glorious Mattie’s House and The Hollow amphitheatre. Congratulations to you all and to Pat Johnson as Immediate Past president who oversaw all this. Merry Christmas and a happy holiday, members, writers, friends of the Fellowship. See you 2020.


You are invited to the FAWWA Christmas Party BBQ at Mattie Furphy House. Please bring a plate or a bottle of wine. There will be an open mike during the event, each speaker allocated two minutes for prose or poetry. RSVP to by December 10.


Four Centres Emerging Writers Program

Calling all poets!

Due to unforeseen circumstances FAWWA has a vacancy for one poet for the coming year.

The successful candidate will be provided with a mentor and free entry to any Emerging Writing Workshop, including those run by Fremantle Press, as well as invitation to regular FAWWA Sundowners. Program to run for one year.

To submit for consideration please email the office by 15th January 2020 with

Ten poems under 60 lines each and a short bio You must be a member of FAWWA to enter. All work will be judged anonymously so please do not put your name on your poems. We will keep them together for judging under a pseudonym. We will endeavour to let you know by the middle of February.


Time is running out. Submissions for this years Tom Collins Prize are open until December 15th. This is your last reminder to enter this valuable and prestigious poetry competition.

Tom Collins Poetry Prize Enter Here.


Win a copy of Storyfire! Complete our short survey by December 10.



Matilda Children’s Literature Prize.

Entries open: 9.00am AEDT Tuesday 12 November 2019 Entries close: 5.00pm AEDT Sunday 26 January 2020

Entries are open now! For more information please visit:


Kep Koorliny (rain coming), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Poetry Readings

Saturday 7th December 4:30-6:00pm;

The Moon Café, 323 Williams Street, Northbridge

Join CAN in attending this emerging poetry event.

Gold coin donation


Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Competition 2020 (for individual performance of original poetry)

Submissions close: 5pm, Wednesday 12th February, 2020

For more info email:


2019 Yeats Poetry Prize

Submissions close :31st March 2020

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