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July Newsletter 2023


Dear writers,

Please see below a selection of the wealth of opportunities available for writers at all stages. Sign up for a class, attend a poetry reading, enter a competition, apply for a residency, and submit those manuscripts. Have you had a win recently? We’d love to hear about your success and share it with our members and friends.

Stuart and Hadow Short Story Prize open July 3


The Stuart and Hadow — one of Australia’s most prestigious and long-running short story prizes — opens July 3 for submissions. It was begun by the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA in 1977, in honour of West Australian brother and sister writers Donald Stuart and Lyndall Hadow. Submissions open until 11.50pm, August 31. For details please visit our fawwa.org competitions section. To enter your short story from July 3 please click here.

Writing prose with Dr Bruce Russell

Join the Out of the Asylum writing group when Dr Bruce Russell teaches short story writing, on July 6 (pieces by Checkhov), August 3 (pieces by Joyce Carol Oates, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver) and September 7 at Mattie Furphy House, 10am to midday. Cost per class: $25 for OOTA members; $30 for non-members. Pay in cash at each class. To RSVP please email ootawriters@gmail.com

Sundowner Sunday, July 16, 4pm

All FAWWA members and friends are warmly invited to the FAWWA Sundowner at the newly painted Tom Collins House on Sunday, July 16, 4pm to 6pm. Come feast by the fire and read your prose and poems for fun or in the open mic competition. The sundowners are the third Sunday of every month. Please bring a plate and drinks to share, and a piece to read in the open mic. RSVP to Lynne on 0473 215 144 or email lynne.83b@gmail.com

Kamille Roach book launch

Please join Kamille Roach for the launch of her book Pine Creek on Thursday, July 20, 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Mattie Furphy House. Pine Creek is set in rural 1980s Australia, where the disappearance of a teenage boy exposes deep prejudices in a community built on tradition and survival in an unforgiving landscape. For details please visit kamilleroach.com


Tony Gallagher book launch

Author Tony Gallagher is to launch his second book, A Little Time Apart: Lessons on Living from Eight Chinese Women, on Sunday, August 20 at Mattie Furphy House, 3pm to 6pm. Tony is also the author of On the Up: The Making of a Perth Boy. To RSVP please email Tony on mrtony@iinet.net.au. Copies of both books will be available for sale.

Peter Cowan Writers Centre

Join Chemutai Glasheen for a workshop about writing outside of your race, culture and experience, with sensitivity and conviction. Saturday July 29, 1 to 4pm at Peter Cowan Writers Centre. For details please click here

Editing, and Historical Fiction Join tutor Helen Iles with the Society of Women Writers WA at four morning classes on editing August 2, 9, 16, and 23. Cost $80 for SWWWA members, $100 for non-members. On August 30 SWWWA will offer a morning on writing historical fiction, with tutor Lyn Bodycoat. Cost $20 for members, $25 for non-members. For details email swwwabookingofficer@gmail.com or please click here

UWA Publishing

Submissions are now invited for manuscripts of scholarly works, and children’s manuscripts by First Nations authors and/or illustrators. The publisher will also open for general submissions in July for fiction and poetry, August for non-fiction, and September for YA and children’s books. For details please click here.

Book Launch: Baa Baa Black Belt by Gavin Aung Than

When: Sunday 2 July, 10.45 am to 11.45 am. Where: Paper Bird Children's Books and Arts, Fremantle. Cost: Free to attend, $21.42 to preorder book. Book via Eventbrite.

Perth Poetry Festival

Poets and lovers of poetry are invited to the 19th annual Perth Poetry Festival September 9 to 17, featuring local, interstate and international poets. Details: please click here

Katherine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre

KSP invites writers to support the centre by becoming a Friend of Katharine. For details please click here

Varuna the National Writers’ House Varuna is now accepting applications for Varuna Residential Fellowships. Each offers two to three weeks of full board and accommodation including an evening meal, uninterrupted time to write in your own studio, and a one-hour conversation with a Varuna consultant. For details please click here

Sisters in Crime short story awards

The Australia wide Scarlet Stiletto Awards are now open. For details please click here

Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland Maureen Freer Short Story Competition

Entries close August 25. For details please click here

2023 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Nominate work published during 2022 in six categories: children's literature, young adult literature, fiction, poetry, non-fiction and Australian history. Closing date: Tuesday 25 July. Find out further details on the Australian Government's website.

Nature Writing Prize Submit an essay between 3,000 and 5,000 words on the theme of “writing of place”. Entry fee: $25. Closing date: Friday 28 July. For more information, visit The Nature Conservancy Australia's website.

The 2023 Hachette Prize for Young Writers Submit fiction or non-fiction up to 3,000 words and poetry up to 100 lines. Open to Australian secondary school-aged students. Closing date: Sunday 6 August. For more information, visit Express Media's website.

Calling writers under 35

The ASA/Varuna Ray Koppe Young Writers Fellowship for 2024 is open for applications from 20 June 2024. Each year, the Australian Society of Authors awards a two-week residential fellowship to an aspiring or emerging writer under the age of 35. This fellowship is part of the Varuna Residential Fellowships. For details please click here

Newcastle Poetry Prize

The Newcastle Poetry Prize is now open, and offers a first prize of $15,000. Entries close August 4. For details please click here

Happy writing,

The Committee

Fellowship of Australian Writers WA

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