Our Prize Winners for July 2019

Saturday, June 1, 2019


Welcome to our monthly brag about our Writers Victoria community members who have won awards, been shortlisted or longlisted for writing prizes or received industry recognition.

Collective Celebrations

The shortlists for the 2019 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards have been announced. Amongst the shortlisted authors in each category are:

Birth to three years

  • Jane Godwin, tutor, for ‘Birthday Baby’
  • Alison Lester, tutor, for ‘Noni the Pony Rescues a Joey’
  • Jane Godwin, tutor, for ‘Red House, Blue House, Green House, Tree House’ 

Three to five years

  • Alison Lester, tutor, for ‘Tricky’s Bad Day’

Five to eight years

  • Jane Godwin, tutor, for ‘Go Go and the Silver Shoes’
  • Juliet M Sampson, member, for ‘Grace’s Mystery Seed’

Writers Victoria has announced the recipients of its 2019 Write-ability fellowships.

The following five emerging writers with disability were awarded the fellowships:

  • Alex Creece for ‘Neurodifficult’, a collection of experimental poems on the lived experience of autism
  • M J McArthur for ‘Invisible’, a creative nonfiction memoir on chronic illness
  • Jessica Obersby for ‘In:Human’, a speculative YA novel about identity, mental health and adolescence
  • Leah Robertson for a collection of lyrical nonfiction poems on trauma and survival
  • Paul Whitby for a collection of short fiction, incorporating magic realism and dirty realism.

Each fellow will receive tailored support for their writing project in the form of mentoring, manuscript assessment and/or attendance at Writers Victoria workshops.

Three writers were highly commended by the judges: Erica Cervini for ‘Yizkor for Rose: A Life Lost and Found’, Arty Owens for ‘Eve of Rebellion’, and Joanne Penney for ‘Spiders and Butterflies’.

Sisters in Crime has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. Amongst the shortlisted authors in each category are:

Adult novel

  • Anne Buist, tutor, for ‘This I Would Kill For’
  • Aoife Clifford, member, for ‘Second Sight’
  • Susi Fox, member, for ‘Mine’

Young adult novel

  • Ellie Marney, tutor, for ‘White Night’
  • Lili Wilkinson, tutor, for ‘After the Lights Go Out’


  • Susi Fox, member, for ‘Mine’

Melbourne-based literary magazine The Lifted Brow and RMIT’s non/fictionLab have announced the shortlist for their Prize for Experimental Nonfiction.

  • Sarah Vincent, member, for ‘What Should I Call This?’
  • Jean Bachoura, member, for ‘TRETINOIN’

The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the longlists for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for Australian crime writing. Amongst the longlisted authors are:

Best First Fiction

  • Katherine Kovacic, member, for ‘The Portrait of Molly Dean

Best Crime

  • Mark Brandi, tutor, for ‘The Rip
  • Garry Disher, member, ‘Kill Shot: A Wyatt Thriller
  • Jock Serong, member, for ‘Preservation

Individual Celebrations

Eleni Hale, member, has won the 2019 Readings Young Adult Book Prize for her novel ‘Stone Girl

Pamela Baker, member, has been longlisted for the 2019 Kill Your Darlings (KYD) Unpublished Manuscript Award for ‘Dark Glass’

Anne Gracie, tutor, is a finalist in the Historical Romance category of the Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) Romantic Book of the Year Award (known as ‘the Ruby’) for ‘Marry in Scandal’

Lili Wilkinson, tutor, has been shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award (for an Australian book) for ‘After the Lights Go Out’