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Newsletter September

Updated: Mar 5, 2019

This is what the fellowship has been up to this month, read on to see the exciting events that have been happening!

Melanie Napthine, Laurie Steed and Pat Johnson
Melanie Napthine, Laurie Steed and Pat Johnson

From the President

A photo of the FAWWA president, Pat Johnson
Pat Johnson, the President of FAWWA

Hello members and an especially warm welcome to all our new members including those from the Writers’ Room Albany. We look forward to a long and happy liaison with our fellow group in the Great Southern.

The big news this month is the launch of the FAWWA Emerging Writers Program, initiating a two-year mentoring program for five Western Australian writers who are currently preparing a full-length manuscript. Everyone is welcome to apply. The program is open to writers with significant personal and cultural ties to WA (i.e. by birth, long-term residency etc) who have not previously published a full-length work, and who are working in the mediums of literary fiction (novels, short stories), poetry, memoir, romance fiction, historical fiction, and non-fiction. The aim is to facilitate the development of promising and innovative WA writers, with a view to providing opportunities for book-length publication. More details on the website!

While we extend our congratulations to the winners of the Stuart Hadow Short Story Competition, we also look forward to the 2018 opening of the annual national Tom Collins Poetry Prize on the first of October. Start polishing your entries now.

And don’t forget our monthly Friday@Furphy’s is on this week. See you this Friday, the 14th for a friendly glass of wine and some interesting discussion.

Happy writing,




A photo of Nina Lewis


Results of the Stuart Hadow Competition

At a well attended Ceremony at Mattie Furphy House Judge Laurie Steed announced the winners of the Stuart Hadow Competition

First: Chair by Peter Court

Second: One time my sister by Melanie Napthine

Third: Kind by Melanie Napthine

Highly Commended:

Salt of the Earth by Ryan Delaney

Behavioural Experiment by Tanya Vavilova


Forget it, Jake by Paulette Gittens

Tropical Cylone by Tanya Vavilova

CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners and those who took part. For more information, refer to the competitions tab of our website.

The Vancouver Arts Centre

Home of the Writers' Room Albany

A photo of the Vancouver Arts Centre, the home of the writing centre in Albany.

FAWWA extends a warm welcome to new group member, the Writers' Room Albany. FAWWA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the group so that members of each group are now effectively members of both groups. FAWWA will be promoting Writers’ Room events and we are planning to have a retreat to the lovely Vancouver Arts Centre pictured above at date in 2019. FAWWA will also be hosting a member of the Albany group as a Writer in Residence at Mattie Furphy House each year. We’d like to welcome all members to the Fellowship and encourage them to visit us at Tom Collins House whenever they are in Perth.

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