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GMW Emerging Writers Comp

Date: Mon August 15 2016 12:00 am to Mon August 15 2016 11:59 pm

With: Writers Victoria

Writers Victoria is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the eighth 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 with 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. There are three additional prizes in each category for three shortlisted writers to win one year’s free membership to Writers Victoria. The first and second prize entries will also be published in the October/November issue of ‘The Victorian Writer’ magazine.

Applications are now open and will close 5pm on Monday 15 August, 2016.

Submit your creative non-fiction entry

Submit your short story entry

Terms and conditions

1. Applicants must be 18 or over and be residents of Victoria.
2. Work must be between 2000 and 3000 words.
3. Applications must be submitted online; hard copy submissions will not be accepted.
4. Applications will be judged anonymously. Please don’t include your name in the attachment.
5. Entries will be independently judged. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
6. First and second prize entries will be published in a special edition of ‘The Victorian Writer’ due for publication in October 2016, and agreement for publication is a condition of entry.
7. The entries must not have been published or accepted for publication by a recognised publication, 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.)
8. Winners in our previous competitions (2008–2015 both first and second prizes) are not eligible to re-enter.
9. Entry is free for financial members of Writers Victoria or $20 for non-members.
10. Writers Victoria is unable to accept entries or notify entrants that do not follow entry guidelines.
11. Participants may submit a maximum of one entry per category.
12. WV staff or Committee of Management members are not eligible to apply.

Previous winners

2015

In the seventh year of our annual Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition, we received the highest number of entries since its inception in 2009 with 128 entries.

The prize for short fiction was awarded to Kerry Lee Munnery for ‘Solatium’ with the second prize going to William Stanforth and honourable mentions to Melisabeth Cooper Fell and Katy Warner.

First prize for creative non-fiction went to Tamsin Martin for her essay ‘Lady M’, with the second prize awarded to Julie Perrin, and honourable mentions going to Mark Brandi and Susan Bennett.

2014

The prize for short fiction was awarded to Else Fitzgerald for ‘River’ with the second prize being awarded to Stephanie Wang for ‘This is What We Know’. Magdalena McGuire was awarded an honourable mention for her short fiction entry, ‘Polish Cooking for Beginners’.

First prize for creative non-fiction went to Sandra Todorov for ‘A woman must have money’. The second prize was awarded to Jen Squire for ‘Getting back together, again’. And Kate Amesbury received an honourable mention for ‘A judge of good character’.

2013

The $1000 prize for creative non-fiction went to Judith Bunn for her story ‘Pink’, a concise and touching memoir of the writer’s aunty. The $250 second prize was awarded to Shivaun Plozza for ‘Fox, Birdie and Me’. Chris Brophy and Alice Bishop were awarded honourable mentions for their short fiction entries, called ‘The Zoo’ and ‘Paper Squares’ respectively.

Following on from being awarded the inaugural Templeberg Residential Writing Fellowship  in Sri Lanka, Michelle Wright was announced as the winner of the $1000 prize for short fiction for ‘Family Block’. The $250 second prize for creative non-fiction was awarded to Kerrin O’Sullivan for ‘Homesickness – terra incognita’.

2012

Timothy Robinson won the Short Story category for his entry “Henry Stanfield Can Fly”, while Lindy Alexander won the Non-fiction prize for “Hiding from the World”. The fiction runner up was Melanie Cheng for “Stone Baby”, and Lorna Hendry was Non-fiction runner up for “Killing the Dogs”.

Commended fiction prize entrants were Sarinah Hope for “The Second Marriage”, Julie Twohig for “The Glove” and Kate Rotherham for “Here and There”. The commended non-fiction entrants are Jane Pitt for “A Bit of Fun”, Carole Poustie for “The Holiday”, Keri Rehfisch for “In Castro’s Backyard” and Wendy Hawkins for “Rain on the Roof”.

2010

Timothy Robinson won the Short Story category for his entry “Henry Stanfield Can Fly”, while Lindy Alexander won the Non-fiction prize for “Hiding from the World”. The fiction runner up was Melanie Cheng for “Stone Baby”, and Lorna Hendry was Non-fiction runner up for “Killing the Dogs”.

Commended fiction prize entrants were Sarinah Hope for “The Second Marriage”, Julie Twohig for “The Glove” and Kate Rotherham for “Here and There”. The commended non-fiction entrants are Jane Pitt for “A Bit of Fun”, Carole Poustie for “The Holiday”, Keri Rehfisch for “In Castro’s Backyard” and Wendy Hawkins for “Rain on the Roof”.

2009

First prize for Literary Non-fiction went to HL Singer for “Life: An Exercise in Words”. Second prize went to Zhiling Howlitt for “Mao’s Great Mangifera Parade. Other shortlisted entries included: Joan Kerr for “The House We Live In, Graham Reeks for “Beneath Balaclava” and Judy McGrath for “It’s a Lovely Day”.

The winner of the first prize for Short Story went to Rhys Tate for “Smallholdings. Second prize was won by Ross Topham for “Like Mary and Child”. Other shortlisted entries included: John Bartlett for “Dulce Et Decorum Est, Karen Parker for “Wusthof” and Joan Kerr for “A Life”.

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