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June Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends,

June has arrived and winter is well and truly upon us. We hope everyone survived the storms, which provided a welcome drink for our gardens and the bush!

Over the last few weeks, some groups such as the Indian Ocean Writers have successfully trialed small gatherings at Mattie Furphy House. We have developed social-distancing and cleaning protocols, including regular hand-sanitiser and disinfecting surfaces after use (Methylated Spirits), so we feel that FAWWA will be able to take advantage of the further easing of restrictions due on 6th June.

This will allow us to increase the number of people able to meet at Mattie Furphy House to 14, which will comply with the new 2m/person rule. This will allow more activities to to ahead, such as the Book Length Project Group, which is planning to meet on Sunday June 21st. Andrew Levett's Creative Writing Classes will continue on-line for the remainder of Term 2, but he will reveiw the format for Term 3 in July.

Your FAWWA Committee will be able to meet in person this month on June 12th, and we will hold a small Friday@Furphy's gathering, as a round-table discussion on the theme Refections on the Pandemic, where members can read out their pearls of wisdom. If you would like to attend, email or phone the office to book, as numbers are limited to 14.

To comply with the HealthyWA Guidelines, we will be asking everyone to hand-sanitise at the door, maintain 2m of social distance, and of course stay home if they have any flu-like symptoms. We will also ask participants to leave their mobile phone number and email address, for contact tracing if needed.

Information about current FAWWA activities is on the Website:

On to other initiatives. The Quotations of the Week have been extended into a friendly competition, to be judged at the end of June. Prizes include a copy of Storyfire and a coffee/cake at a local cafe. So, email your favourite quotations to the office or pop them in the specially-marked tin near the Little Library on the verandah of Mattie Furphy House.

Stuart Hadow Short Story Competition

A reminder that the Stuart Hadow Competition closes on 1st July. We have been able to secure a national judge this year, with details announced after the closing date. If you haven't already done so, please send us your entries to ensure a strong WA contingent.

Membership Renewal

This is a timely reminder that your FAWWA membership will be due for renewal on 1st July. We thank you all for your support of FAWWA through your membership, which allows us to continue operating and bring you and the best program we can. We will be keeping membership costs steady, as follows: General $65, Concession $50, Student $40. Stay tuned for an email reminder mid-month (Special Promotion members no need to renew until 2021).

Reconciliation Week

FAWWA would like to acknowledge the current Reconciliation Week, also marking 20 years since the Walk for Reconciliation across Sydney Harbour Bridge. We would like to acknowledge and applaud the contribution of West Australian publishers Magabala Books, Fremantle Press, Westerley and the University of WA Press for inspiring and courageous leadership in bringing out Indigenous titles over many years. Together with the publishers, we celebrate past and present West Australian writers who have contributed to shedding light on the story of Australia's indigenous heritage.

Increasingly these include indigenous authors, including Jack Davis (No Sugar and other plays), Sally Morgan (My Place) Jimmy Pike (Jilji), Bill Neidgie (Story About Feeling), David Mowaljarlai (Yorro Yorro), John Watson et al (Raparapa), Glenys Ward (Wandering Girl), Alf Taylor (Long Time Now). Worth a special mention are indigenous authors pioneering indigenous children's literature, including Gracie Greene et al (Tjarany: Roughtail), Helen Milroy (Willy-Willy Wagtail), Aunty Fay Muir et al (Respect), Kamsani Bin Salleh (What do you call a baby) and the ongoing series of Sally Morgan's children's books.

This journey started with non-indigenous writers of conscience last century, such as John K Ewers (With the Sun on my Back, Written in Sand), Mary and Elizabeth Durack (Way of the Whirlwind, Keep Him My Country), Katherine Suzanna Pritchard (Coonardoo), Donald Stuart (Maloonkai, Ilbarana, Prince of my Country), Xavier Herbert (Poor Fellow My Country) Nene Gare, (The Fringe Dwellers), Colin Johnson (Mudrooroo) (Wild Cat Falling). There are more contemporary contributions, including Nicholas Hasluck's (The Bradshaw Case) and Sarah Drummond (The Sound). Poetry collections and individual poems have all said much in this cause. The poets are too many to list but include John Kinsella, Andrew Burke, Glen Phillips, Dorothy Hewett (an example is her poignant Clancy and Dooley and Don McLeod on the famous Pilbara Station Strike. FAWWA is proud of West Australia's indigenous heritage and joins in it's celebration.

Vale Joyce Parkes

FAWWA was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Joyce Parkes. Joyce was a valued Committee Member and leading light of the Fellowship during the 1980's and 1990's. She was a spirited and strong person, therefore perhaps the most fitting tribute is to quote a couple of her wonderful poems:

Papyrus’ Sail

Dialogues could be semantic

steps. Whether slender or

glad, render spells to valley’s

rung; a compass, attaining a

course, going beyond agility.

Now a sage - then a fool,

deeper than a shadow passing

on the ceiling. Anchoring onyx

company, saying, Rowena’s wing

may be perennial gales. On the

bridge we sat, sketching phre-

nology’s arch. Crossing the

litmus of memory, we were ancient

before dawn, knowing an arcadia

in spans of emerald terrains.

Good Evening

The air is still, the people in Broome

decidedly cheering. A band played in

sweat and sweet rhythm - children laughed,

mothers strolled, the tallest father there,

moved his chin; another half, reader,

walked towards home for a break. Hallo,

my name is April - yours? Mine’s August.

As in months? As in years.

Many of the words were, do you like films.

Did you see a motion picture, in which

the mainstay was called Noble? The story,

vaguely forgotten, began a journey’s latent

last. The band played for long at the

Shinju Matsuri, the Festival of the Pearl.

Food stalls representing neighboring

lands, helped to make aromas dance. 

Cable Beach, a riveting find, speeches

made, sculpture trade. A lugger race,

arts and crafts, paintings sold, parties

towed millennia. Processions moved -

dragons need no wagons, they roll

on valorous feet - while twenty-two

nationalities present at the food fair

provided thoroughly tangible feasts.

FAWWA extends our condolences to Joyce's family and friends. We will hold a reading to commemorate Joyce when Covid-19 restrictions are further lifted.

Writing Competitions

Stuart Hadow Short Story Competition 2020

Open theme, up to 3000 words

$15/entry, up to 3 entries/author

1st Prize = $1000 plus unpaid residency at Mattie Furphy House

2nd Prize = $300

3rd Prize = $100

New Closing Date: Wednesday 1st July 2020.

2020 Ros Spencer Poetry Prize (WA Poets Inc)

Submissions close: 26th June 2020

Entry deadlines in September and October

KSP is offering two writing competitions in the categories of Short Fiction and Poetry.

Entry costs for adults start at $10; youth can enter for free thanks to sponsorship from the Shire of Mundaring.

Cash prizes and certificates on offer.

For more details on any of these activities please visit the KSP website or email us on

Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award

Nominations open for Waverley Council’s annual celebration of the best in Australian literature. Nominations close Monday 22 June 2020. The award categories include:

  • Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize- six prizes of $1,000 each

  • Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award- $20,000

  • Nib People’s Choice Prize- $1,000  

Titles first published between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020 are eligible for this year’s award program. Full nomination guidelines and submission details:

Maureen Freer (FAWQ) Literary Competition

Closes 30th June

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

Closes: 30th June 2020

The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards is Australia’s largest and oldest poetry competition for school students

2020 ACU Prize for Poetry

Closes: Monday 6th July, Opens Monday 6th April

Theme: Generosity

Booranga Literary Prizes

Submissons close: 30th June 2020

Woorilla Poetry Prize

Submissions Close: Midnight Tuesday 30th June 2020

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Closes: 31st August 2020

Rattle Poetry Prize

Submissions Close: 15th July

The 2020 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize

Closing date: Monday 20 July 2020.

Submit a poem up to 80 lines on an environmental theme.

      Entry fee: $10 per poem.

      Prizes: First prize—AUD$1000.

      For more information: Holmgren Design’s website.

Verandah 35 Submissions

Submissions Close: 30th July 2020

Verandah is a student-run journal based at Deakin University.

Submit up to 3 submissions, which can be a mixture of prose, poetry or art, or 3 of the same

For more information, please visit Verandah‘s website.

Ubud Writers and Readers Fesival & AAWP Emerging Writers Prize

Submissions Close: 31st July 2020

Not Very Quiet: women’s poetry journal Issue 7, September 2020

Submissions 1 June-31st July

Theme: memoir

Chapter One Prize

Entries Close 31st July 2020

This prize is offered by the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) and the University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP).

Open to emerging writers who have not had a full-length, single-authored, commercially published, print publication in any genre. 

                  Up to 50 lines of poetry from a larger poetry collection.

Entry fee: $30.00

For more information, please visit the AAWP or Meniscus websites.

Port Writers Annual Open Writing Competition (Port Macquarie)

Closes midnight 30 June 2020.

Short Fiction: to 2500 words 

Non-Fiction: to 2500 words 

Poetry: to 32 lines To enter and for more information please visit our website

Other Opportunities...

Emerging Writers’ Festival (Online)

16- 23rd June 2020

Full program announced early June

WAPI Poetry Workshopping Group

Wednesdays, 10-12:30am (2nd and last Wednesday of the month)

Next meeting: Wednesday June 10th, 2020 

WA Poets Inc, Level 2, Room 33, Bon Marche Arcade 80 Barrack Street Perth

NB: Participants limited to 16 to comply with Covid restrictions

Cost: $5 WAPI members/$10 non members

Please bring 8xs copy of the poem you wish to receive feedback on

RSVP essential:

Save the date: Of Love and Furniture: Zoom Reading by Bron Bateman

Thursday 25th June, 7:30 pm

See for more details.

Poetry Workshop

Tuesday, June 30th, 6-8pm

Centre for Stories, 100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge

In order to ensure that social distancing requirements are met,  capacity is limited to 6 people. Please RSVP ASAP to avoid missing out.

KSP Writer-in-Residence Applications, deadlines in June, July and September

The KSP Writers' Centre is proud to support the development of literary work by hosting a number of annual residencies and fellowships. Some positions offer a salary and opportunity to present workshops. For more details please visit the KSP website

KSP Spring Story Retreat, deadline to apply 30 August

This unique retreat for fiction writers offers an intensive long weekend to develop a draft manuscript in the beautiful Perth hills with esteemed West Australian author, Dr Laurie Steed. The retreat offers private mentoring, workshops, group critiquing sessions, interaction with fellow authors, KSP membership (or one year extension if already a member), bottle of wine to share plus breakfast and lunch supplies. The retreat will be held 17-20 September 2020 and a fee applies.

New Norcia Town Re-Opening

Following Phase 3 of the Government's COVID-19 Guidelines, we will be re-opening our Museum and Art Gallery, Tours and Gift Shop.

New Norcia Guesthouse & Retreats Open for Bookings.

Please note: Covid-19 physical distancing measures will be put in place for your safety.

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