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The Society conducts a number of competitions each year, some of which are open to all women writers while others are for members only. These are advertised in the newsletter and on this website. Our Christmas competitions for members only are fun and form the highlight at our end of year Christmas party.
Click on the name of the competition you are interested in:
|The Alice Award| Biennial Literary Award | The Nance Donkin Award | Margaret Hazzard Award | Kathryn Purnell Poetry Prize |
MARGARET HAZZARD SHORT STORY AWARD
award is one of our oldest being first presented in 1976 to Barbara Ball. Since
then the competition has been held bi-annually, the only exception being 2008, when it was
cancelled due to lack of entries. It is now
open to members of the Society of Women Writers across Australia.
This award is one of our oldest being first presented in 1976 to Barbara Ball. Since then the competition has been held bi-annually, the only exception being 2008, when it was cancelled due to lack of entries. It is now open to members of the Society of Women Writers across Australia.
winner takes the trophy
home for two years.
The winner takes the trophy home for two years.
For the results of the 2010 competition, go to Competition Results.
Fees: $5 per entry, 3 entries for $12
To see the winners of the 2011 competition click here.
THE NANCE DONKIN AWARD
Society of Women Writers Victoria presents a biennial award to perpetuate the memory of a member of and benefactor to the Society, Nance Donkin: The Nance Donkin Award is given to an outstanding woman author in Australia who writes for children. Read more ...
In 2009, the inaugural winner of this award was Dr Ruth Starke. Dr Starke was unable to attend the presentation ceremony but the award was accepted on her behalf by her former editor, Ms Helen Chamberlin. Our President at the time, Rebecca Maxwell, was later able to privately present the award to Dr Starke in Adelaide. (Read Rebecca's account.)
Kathryn Purnell Poetry Prize
Kathryn was a much-loved member of the Society of Women Writers Victoria for many years. She conducted poetry workshops in her home for members who greatly benefited from her expertise and mentoring.
Kathryn Purnell was born in Canada and lived in France, England, Scotland, Egypt, Indonesia and Africa as well as other countries. She then moved permanently to Melbourne, having married an Australian. Kathryn continued her education at the University of Melbourne and became a creative writing tutor. Her poetry and prose was published in many magazines and broadcast on ABC Radio. She was an editor in the Luna collective. She won many awards for her poetry and prose.
After her death, the Society set up the Kathryn Purnell Poetry Prize in her honour. The competition is conducted bi-annually.
For details of the competition click on Kathryn Purnell Poetry Prize.
To see the 2010 winners of this Award, click here.
The Alice Award
The main award of SWW of Australia is the biennial Alice Award. Details may be seen by clicking on Alice Award.