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January Newsletter 2023

Dear members and friends,

Happy new year for 2023! May it be a healthy, happy and productive year for you. We hope you’ve managed to squeeze in some cheeky writing and reading time over the festive season.

Has your manuscript been accepted by a publisher? Have you been shortlisted for a prize? Are you having a book launch? Do let us know. We’d love to hear your news to celebrate your successes in the coming year.

Tom Collins Poetry Prize

I’m delighted to say the Tom Collins Poetry Prize is open and accepting submissions until January 30. Thankyou to all who have already submitted entries.

If you haven’t yet entered, don’t miss the chance to be recognised as one of Australia’s most talented poets. The theme is open, each poem may be up to 60 lines, and this year’s judge is Rose Van Son.

The Tom Collins Poetry Prize is one of Australia’s premier poetry prizes. It began in 1975 and is named after Tom Collins, the pen name of Australian writer Joseph Furphy (1843 – 1912).

First prize is $1,000, second is $300, and third is $100. Entry cost per poem is $12 non-members and $10 for members.

For more information please click here.

State heritage grant

FAWWA is excited to announce that our application for a Government of Western Australia Heritage Grant has been successful.

The grant, around $14,000, is for the maintenance and painting of our historic Tom Collins House (at right), inside and out.

We look forward to keeping you posted on the progress.

For more information about the grant please click here.

2023 Perth Festival – Writers Weekend February 24 – 26

You won’t want to miss this year’s Writers Weekend at Fremantle Arts Centre.

Authors on the program include Booker Prize-winner Damon Galgut, Miles Franklin Literary Award-winner Jennifer Down, Jess Ho, Don Watson, Amy Remeikis, Chloe Hooper, Alice Pung, Holden Sheppard, and Larissa Behrendt.

The full program will be released to the public on Thursday, 19 January.

For more information, please click here.

Book Length Project Group

Are you working on a book-length manuscript?

Join author and FAWWA committee member Karen Herbert at the Book Length Project Group every third Sunday of the month from 10am to 12pm.

First session for 2023 will be this Sunday, January 15.

Writers of all genres and stages of development are welcome.

Bookings are essential.

To reserve your spot please click here.

Creative writing at Mattie Furphy House with Bruce Russell

The Out of the Asylum Writing Group is pleased to announce that Dr Bruce Russell (at right) will teach a series of creative writing classes at Mattie Furphy House.

Five monthly sessions will be 10am to midday on the following dates: February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, and June 1.

Each class is $25 for OOTA members and $30 for non-members.

Bookings essential.

For more information and to reserve your place, please email

The Story Mentor at Mattie Furphy House

Andrew Levett will return to Mattie Furphy House for 2023 with the Manuscript Development Writing Group on the first and third Saturday morning of each month, starting January 21. The classes offer writers time and space to work on their manuscript, receive feedback from a professional editor, and meet other writers.

Andrew is also running a 14-week creative recovery course called Manifesting Your Creative Self.

Classes will be Saturdays from June 10 to September 9, from 1pm to 4.30pm.

For more information email Andrew Levett at

Indian Ocean Write Nights

Do you need a regular time to write?

Are you looking for a quiet space where you can work in the company of other writers?

Writers of all genres and stages of development are welcome to the Indian Ocean Write Night, held every second Tuesday at Mattie Furphy House from 6pm to 8pm.

The next class is January 24.

For more information email Marshall Willan at

20/40 Publishing Prize

Entries for the 20/40 Publishing Prize are now open until February 10.

The prize is offered by independent New South Wales publisher Finlay Lloyd.

Submissions are invited for fiction and non-fiction prose works of between 20,000 and 40,000 words.

All submissions must be entered via the online form at

For more information please click here.

I look forward to seeing you at a FAWWA event soon.

Louise Allan

Acting President, FAWWA

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