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AAWP/Express Media Sudden Writing Prize

Date: Wed March 30 2022 9:00 am to Sun July 31 2022 5:00 pm

With: AAWP & Express Media

AAWP/Express Media Sudden Writing Prize

We were deeply interested in capturing a composite “picture” of what people are writing about. Now. We invite creative work—short-short fiction, “sudden” fiction, “sketchy” stories, creative nonfiction, poetry, as well as hybrid forms.

We accept submissions on the following scale: up to 400 words prose, 40 lines for poetry, 200 words for prose poems, and the equivalent for hybrid forms. Submissions must be previously unpublished.

The winner receives $500, their work published on the Express Media website and a Voiceworks subscription, and a one-year membership to the AAWP.

2021 Winner: ‘Crack’ by Zoe Davidson. Read the winning entry on the Express Media website, here.

Judges’ Report: The judges unanimously selected this dystopian scene for its completeness and subtlety. There is a gentle violence depicted here that is both thought-provoking and haunting; a destroyed world whose circumstances are at once oblique and specific. This is a salutary tale written in an understated and beautifully crafted style – simple, yet elegant. 

Author Bio: Z.E. Davidson lives in rural Tasmania, but as a child she travelled South-East Asia with her parents and brother. She has seen white tigers in the Singapore zoo and gone snorkelling off the coast of Indonesia. As a five-year-old, Zoe pulled her younger brother from the turbulent, muddy-brown Klang river in West Malaysia, after he over-balanced reaching for a coconut shell amongst the floating garbage. Her childhood experiences of spoiled paradises are the inspiration for much of her writing, including ‘Crack.’

Highly Commended: ‘Everyday Supernovae’ by Jeimer Ng

Judges’ Report: ‘Everyday Supernovae’ beautifully mirrors the flash fiction form, taking tiny moments to reflect something infinitely large and complicated. Images that could seem overly familiar are refreshed by the quality of the voice and the originality of the juxtapositions it draws.

Past Winners:

2020 – ‘Little Apocalypse’ by Raphail Spartalis. Read the 2020 winning entry on the Express Media website, here.

To find out more about the AAWP/Express Media Sudden Writing Prize, visit the AAWP website at: www.aawp.org.au/news/opportunities/

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