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May Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends,

Thank you for your support of FAWWA during this time of restrictions and social distancing. We trust that you and your family are safe and have found productive ways to make use of the quieter times.

The FAWWA staff and volunteers have successfully worked from home to answer emails, keep the website and social media up to date and take care of any office business. One thing we have continued to do is process entries for the Stuart Hadow Short Story Competition. Due to the disruptions caused by Covid19, we are extending the closing date for the competition by one month.

Date Change: The Stuart Hadow Competition will now close on 1st July, 2020.

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

2nd Prize = $300

3rd Prize = $100

Each entry = $15, up to 3 entries per author.

Please brush up your best stories and enter, to support this long-running competition.

During the last week, our State Government has been able to loosen some restrictions due to the steady flattening of the Covid19 curve. However, given our demographic and the recommendations of the Healthy WA website, FAWWA will continue to suspend all non-essential activities and the office staff will work from home.

If you would like the link to the Healthy WA Guidelines Page, click here:

Some activities such as Indian Ocean Write Night and Andrew Levett’s Creative Writing Classes have continued to meet using on-line using platforms such as Zoom. Reports back from participants have been positive, with the software working well and the meetings being useful and enjoyable. Here’s what some participants have had to say:

Rebecca from Indian Ocean Writers:

Although I miss meeting my fellow write nighters in person at the gorgeous Mattie Furphy House, I'm very grateful that we can still catch up for our Zoom writing sessions. It's an added bonus that I can wear my PJs and don't have to sit in traffic too!

Rikki from Andrew Levett’s Creative Writing Classes:

We have still been able to interact with each other and I was sick last session, but I could listen in bed, no audio or camera, so I didn’t miss out which was fantastic. Andrew has done a great job adapting to the new format, and while I am sure if we were in the centre, there may be more interaction, I don’t think we have missed out at all. We are all settling into the new format of online and although a few may have been camera shy to start with, we are now all totally relaxed. I also think that the participants have enjoyed being in their own environments as well. No travel time and don’t have to dress up either. The format is clear and easy to follow.

If Andrew Levett’s Creative Writing Classes sound like something you might like to try during your time at home, you can find more information at his website:

If you’d like to join an Indian Ocean Writers Zoom Meeting, email the office on and we will send you the meeting link.

In the meantime, I hope you are all well and finding time to do plenty of writing while at home social distancing. I trust you have been able to enjoy the few last warm days of autumn with some outdoor activity, and have managed some social-distancing with family and friends.

Keep safe and well,

Yeeda Topham

Acting President


Hessom Razavi finds a national voice...

Congratulations to Western Australian Poet and Essayist Hessom Razavi, for his headline feature article "Notes on a Pandemic" featured in the current May edition of the Australian Book Review. Hessom was a valued member of our Emerging Writer Program in 2019 and won the 2019 Behrouz Boochani Fellowship.


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.

Eastwood/Hills Fellowship of Australian Writers Literary Competition 2020

Phillipa Holland Award for Poetry

Closes Friday 15th May, 2020

Includes all forms of poetry except Bush Poetry

Boree Log Award for Bush Verse 2020

Submissions close: Friday 15th May, 2020

Sisters in Crime Australia’s 20th Davitt Awards

New Date: Closes 15th May

Red Room Poetry Object Prize

Submissions close 22nd May, 2020, 5pm

Open to young people 18 years and under and their teachers

2020 Poetry d’Amour Love Poetry Contest and Anthology

New Date: Submissions close: 31st May 2020 

Sunspot Literary Journal

Submissions close: 31st May

Sunspot Literary Journal 

Long Form: Closing May 31.

Short Form: Closing May 31.

Maureen Freer (FAWQ) Literary Competition

Closes 30th June

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Closes: 31st August 2020

Other Opportunities...

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 Writing Competitions, deadlines in September and October

In 2020, 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

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