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The 2022 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition

Date: Tue June 14 2022 9:00 am to Wed July 13 2022 11:59 pm

With: Writers Victoria and the Grace Marion Wilson Trust

The 2022 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition

Presented by Writers Victoria and the Grace Marion Wilson Trust

Writers Victoria is pleased to announce that applications open on Tuesday 14 June for the thirteenth Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. Short story or creative non-fiction submissions of between 2,000 and 3,000 words are being accepted from emerging Victorian writers who have no more than three stories or articles published in a recognised book, magazine, or journal. 

Winners of each category will receive a $1,000 cash prize, with second prizes of $250 awarded to one runner-up in each category. The first and second prize entries will also be published in The Victorian Writer magazine. 

A $500 prize and publication in The Victorian Writer will also be awarded to the highest placed Writers Victoria member from regional Victoria in either category (Fiction and Non-Fiction). To be considered for the Best Regional Writer prize, you must be a member of Writers Victoria and live within Victoria, further than 50km from Melbourne’s CBD. Note that the topic of your piece is not restricted to regional Victoria. 

This year’s judges are Melissa Manning and Wayne Marshall (Fiction) and Eda Gunaydin (Non-Fiction). 

Categories 

Short Story: 2000 – 3000 words

  • 1st place: $1000; publication in The Victorian Writer 
  • 2nd place: $250; publication in The Victorian Writer 
  • Regional Writer prize: $500; publication in The Victorian Writer 
      

Creative Non-fiction: 2000 – 3000 words

  • 1st place: $1000; publication in The Victorian Writer 
  • 2nd place: $250; publication in The Victorian Writer 
  • Regional Writer prize: $500; publication in The Victorian Writer

Key Dates 

Entries open: 9am AEST, Tuesday 14 June 

Entries close: 11:59pm AEST, Wednesday 13 July 

How to Apply 

Submit your Fiction entry through this online form

Submit your Non-Fiction entry through this online form

If Submittable is not accessible for you, or for other queries not answered here,  please email Caitlin

Am I Emerging?

If you are unsure whether or not you are an emerging writer, the article Am I Emerging? can help you identify if you are an early, emerging, or established writer.

Please note that the definition in our terms and conditions below for an emerging writer is ‘writers with no more than three stories or articles published in a book, magazine, or journal’.

Terms and Conditions 

1.    Applicants must be 18 or over and be residents of Victoria. 
2.    Work must be between 2,000 and 3,000 words. 
3.    Applications must be submitted through the online form in either Word or PDF format; hard copy submissions will not be accepted. 
4.    Applications will be judged anonymously. Please don’t include your name in the attachment. 
5.    Applicants must be emerging writers with no more than three stories or articles published in a book, magazine, or journal. 
6.    Entries will be independently judged. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. 
7.    First and second prize entries will be published in an edition of ‘The Victorian Writer’ due for publication in late 2022, and agreement for publication is a condition of entry. 
8.    The Best Regional Writer prize entry will be published in an edition of ‘The Victorian Writer’ due for publication in late 2022, and agreement for publication is a condition of entry. 
9.    The entries must not have been published or accepted for publication by a recognised publisher, in print or online. (Please note: this does not include community publications, local independent publications, or blogs. If your piece has been published in such a publication, you are still eligible to enter the competition. Pieces that have already been published in ‘The Victorian Writer’ are not eligible for entry.) 
10.    Winners in our previous competitions (2008–2020, both first and second prizes) are not eligible to re-enter. 
11.    Entry is free for financial members of Writers Victoria or $20 for non-members. Become a member here or pay the non-member entry fee here
12.    Writers Victoria is unable to accept entries or notify entrants who do not follow entry guidelines. 
13.    Participants may submit a maximum of one entry per category. 
14.    WV staff or Committee of Management members are not eligible to apply. 
15.    To be considered for the Best Regional Writer prize, you must be a member of Writers Victoria and live within Victoria, further than 50km from Melbourne’s CBD. 
16.    Late entries will not be accepted. Please make sure to submit your piece through the online form (emailed submissions will also not be accepted) by 11:59pm AEST on Wednesday 13 July 2022
17.    The Fiction category is for Young Adult and Adult fiction. Genres not eligible for entry are Middle Grade, Children’s Fiction, or Picture Books.  

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