Entries close: 30 November 2016 Please direct all enquiries/correspondence to: or Awards Coordinator, FAW National Literary Awards 2016, Fellowship of Australian Writers, 53 Summerhill Road, Reservoir. VIC 3073.
Entry forms are enclosed with TheAustralian Writer. They can be downloaded at CONDITIONS OF ENTRY PART 1— BOOK AWARDS Book entries may be submitted by publishers OR authors. Self-published books are eligible for entry.
Discounted entries are available to Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) Inc. Victorian Branch members, associate members, institutional members and to award sponsors.
AnawardforaNON-FICTIONwork,includingbiographyandautobiography,ofsustainedqualityanddistinctionwith an Australiantheme,firstpublishedafter30/11/15,andnotpreviouslypublishedlocallyor overseas.Twocopiesofthebook are required and will not be returned.
AnawardforaworkofFICTIONbyanAustralianauthor,firstpublishedafter30/11/15,andnotpreviouslypublished locally or overseas.Two copies of the book are required and will not be returned. 3. FAW ANNE ELDER POETRY AWARD
Sponsored by Cathie Elder and the FAW as trustees for the Anne Elder Trust
AnawardforaFIRSTBOOKOFPOETRYfirstpublishedafter30/11/15,andnotpreviouslypublishedlocallyoroverseas, containingcontributionsfrombetween1and4poets.Thebookmustbethefirstpublishedbook-lengthcollectionofpoetry by the author/s, and must contain at least 20 pages of text. Threecopies of the book are required and will not be returned. 4. BARBARA RAMSDEN AWARD
Prize: Bronze plaques presented to the editor and the author (see below)
Sponsored by Penguin Random House Australia
A major literary award for a book of fictionor non-fiction.Thesponsor provides two specially-cast bronze plaques valued at $500,designedby Andor Meszaros, and provided by Michael Meszaros.Thesearepresentedtotheauthorandeditorto recognisethecombinedeffortofbothpartiestoproduceaqualityproduct.ThedesignisofTheOriginofArt,showingthe creatoratwork,andafigurerepresentingtheforcesthatensureitseffectivecommunication.
Allentriesmustincludetwo copiesofthebookandup to two written commentariesfromtheauthor, writer and/orpublisher(ofup to 150 words each)onhowtheeditorcontributed to the finalresult. It is recommended that the commentaries address the role of the editor in specific aspects of the book’s production, such as copy editing, structural editing, proofreading, and/or fact checking. PART 2— MANUSCRIPT AWARDS These awards are for UNPUBLISHED work. Please ensure that author names do not appear on manuscript entries.
Anawardforan unpublished manuscriptofshortproseand/orpoetrywhichwascompiled,writtenandeditedafter30/11/15byagroup ofwriterswhomeetregularlytoshareandworkshoptheirwriting.Themaximumlengthoftheanthologyshouldbe30,000 words.Eachpieceofwritingintheanthologyshouldnotexceed3,000words.Entriesmustinclude a titlepage, a contentspageand the approximatewordlengthoftheanthology.Eachgroupmaysubmitonlyoneentry.Onecopyisrequiredandwillnotbereturned.Entrieswillbejudgedsolelyonthequalityofthewriting— notonthepresentation of the manuscript— however,foreaseofreading,manuscriptsshouldbeneatlypresentedandfirmlyboundinsomeway.Astatementabouttheaimsofthegroupisalsoacceptablebuttheauthors must not be identifiedby name. 6. FAW JENNIFER BURBIDGE SHORT STORY AWARD
Anawardforanunpublishedshortstoryofupto3000words.ThisawardhonoursJenniferBurbidge,whosufferedsevere developmentaldifficultiesanddiedsoonafterher21stbirthday,andwhosestoryistoldinForeverBaby.Royaltiesfromthe bookhelptofundthesponsorshipofthisaward.Storiesmaydealwithanyaspectofthelivesofthosewhosuffersomeform ofphysical,intellectualormentalhealthdisabilityand/ortheimpactofdisabilityontheirfamiliesinanAustraliansituation. One copy of each story is required; more than one entry per author may be submitted.
7. FAW JOHN SHAW NEILSON POETRY AWARD
Entry Fee (per entry): Non-Members $15, FAW (Vic.) members $5 First Prize: $600 Second Prize: $150
Sponsored by TBA
Anawardforanunpublishedpoembetween14and60lines,includingepigraphs.Asuiteofpoemslinkedthematicallymay beenteredasoneentryprovidedthelinelimitisadheredto.Poemsshouldbetypedusingsingle-spacing.Onecopyofeachpoem (or suite) is required. More than one entry per author may be submitted. 8. FAW JIM HAMILTON UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT AWARD
Prize: An offer to review for publishing by the sponsors, Margaret River Press.
An award honouring Jim Hamilton AM past president of FAW and the contribution of his family to Australian writers.
Entriesmustbeanunpublishednovelonanythemeorgenrewithaminimumlengthof30,000words.Entriesmustbe aimedatadultandteenagereadersandnotbeacollectionofshortstoriesorversenovel.TWO(2)copiesarerequired— one hardcopy (printed) by mail with Entry Form and one electronic copy in PDF orWORD format emailed to email@example.com>.
Specific conditions of entry applying to this category:
Electronic entries: Remove author’s name from manuscript and mail electronic version as an attachment in Word or as a PDF to . The entry form must be sent by post. More than one entry per author may be submitted with a separate entry form and fee. If unable to submit an electronic version, please phone 0410 644 624 or email .
Printedmanuscripts: Entries mustbe single sided with 1.5 or double spacing, pages numbered, neatlypresentedandfastenedsecurelyinonecornerwithalarge ‘bulldog’clip. If the manuscriptistoobigforoneclip,breakupmanuscriptintoasmanypiecesasnecessarywithaseparatecoversheet for each section.Do not send entries by registered mail or over-packaged in cardboard boxes or plastic wallets. Author’s name is not to be anywhere but on the Entry Form, which must be submitted by post.
9. FAW ANGELO B. NATOLI SHORT STORY AWARD
Entry Fee (per entry): Non-Members $15, FAW (Vic.) members $5 First Prize: $600 Second Prize: $400
Sponsored by A. B. Natoli Pty - Solicitors
An award for a short story on any theme to a maximum of 3000 words. In honour of the late Angelo B. Natoli, who for
many years served as the Honorary Solicitor to FAW (Victoria) Inc. One copy of each story is required; more than one
entry per author may be submitted. 10. FAW DI CRANSTON SCRIPT AWARD
An award for a stage play, radio play, television script or screenplay on any topic of no more than 120 pages in script format aimed at an adult or teenage audience, any theme or genre. Onecopyisrequiredandwillnotbereturned.Entriesshouldbe neatlypresentedandfastenedsecurelyinonecornerwithoneormorelarge‘bulldog’clips.Pleaseuseaseparatecoversheetfor each section.
11. FAW Microfiction Award Sponsored by Caroline DeCosta
An award for a poem on any theme to a maximum of 50 characters (including spaces and punctuation). One copy of each story is required; more than one entry per author may be submitted.
PART 3— YOUNG WRITERS’ AWARDS PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR NAME DOES NOT APPEAR ON ANY PAGE OF YOUR ENTRY. ELABORATE PRESENTATIONS, PHOTOS AND OTHER EMBELLISHMENTS SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED IN ENTRIES.
13. FAW YOUNG POET OF THE YEAR AWARD
Entry fee (per entry): $8, or 6 for $36, FAW (Vic.) members $3 Prizes: $150; $250, 4 x $50 (see below)
Sponsored by TBA Forapoemonanytheme.Thereisnowordlimit.Onecopyofeachpoemisrequired.Poemshouldbetypedusingsingle-spacing. More than one entry per author may be submitted, but only one prize will be issued per individual author.
Part A Entrants: Ages 8-12*, Prize $150
Part B Entrants: Ages 13-16*, Prize $250
*Age at, and including, 30/11/16 14. FAW MICHAEL DUGAN SHORT STORY AWARD
Sponsored by TBA
Entry fee (per entry):$8, or 6 for $36, FAW (Vic.)members $3 Prizes: $100; $150 (see below)
Forashortstory(3000wordsorless)onanytheme.Onecopyofeachstoryisrequired.Storiesshouldbetypedindouble-spacing. More than one entry per author may be submitted, but only one prize will be issued per individual author.
Part A Entrants: Ages 8-12*, Prize $100
Part B Entrants: Ages 13-16*, Prize $150
* Age at, and including, 30/11/16 15. FAW JOHN MORRISON SHORT STORY AWARD
Entry fee (per entry): $8, or 6 for $36, FAW (Vic.) members $3 First Prize: $200 Second Prize: $100
Sponsored by Paul Jennings
Entrants: Ages 17-20*
Forashortstoryonanythemetoamaximumof3,000words.Onecopyofeachstoryisrequired. Storiesshouldbetypedindouble-spacing. More than one entry per author may be submitted, but only one prize will be issued per individual author.
*Age at, and including, 30/11/16 16. FAW MAVIS THORPE CLARKE AWARD PART A (Individual Entry)
Entry fee (per entry): $10, FAW (Vic.) members $3 First Prize: $350
ForacollectionofwritingbyanINDIVIDUALstudent,ofanyage,whoisattendinganAustraliansecondaryschool. The collectionmaycontainupto10pieces.Allformsofwriting(poetry,shortstories,non-fiction,etc.)maybeincluded.The collection should have a title. Only one entry per author may be submitted. Entries must be securely bound.
17. FAW MAVIS THORPE CLARKE AWARD PART B (Group Entry)
Entry fee (per entry): $8, FAW (Vic.) members $3. First Prize: $200
Sponsored by Graeme and Robyn Base
For a collection of writing by a GROUP of students of any age who attend the same Australian secondary school. All forms of writing (poetry, short stories, non-fiction, etc.) may be included. Up to 15 pieces of writing may be submitted, with authors' names on a detachable cover page. Entries must be securely bound and have a separate title page and a table of contents that does not show names. Pieces in the collection must have been written in 2013 and 2016. Previously entered anthologies are ineligible. Only one copy of the collection is required.
18. FAW IVY HART PEACE AND ENVIRONMENT RHYMING POETRY AWARD
Entry fee: Free. Prizes: $100 each category (see below)
Sponsored by Meryl Tobin
ThisawardisinmemoryofIvyHartwhodiedin2003.Aloverandwriterofrhymingpoetryandapoliticalactivistforsocial justice,peaceandpreservingtheenvironment,Ivy Hartpublishedtwobooksofrhymingpoemsontheseissues,andtheyhavebeenusedinschools.ThisisanawardforrhymingpoetryofsustainedqualityanddistinctionwiththethemeofPeaceORthe Environment. One copy of each entry is required and will not be returned.
Part A Entrants: Students in Years 3 or 4 in 2016, Prize $100
Part B Entrants: Students in Years 5 or 6 in 2016, Prize $100
One runner up in each category will receive a Runners Up Prize of $25. PART 4 - COMMENDATION AWARD 19. FAW CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN AWARD
Prize: A commemorative bronze plaque by Michael Meszaros
AnawardtohonouranAustralianpoetwhohaswrittenworkofsustainedqualityanddistinction.TheFAWsuppliesaspecially-castbronzeplaque that has beendesigned and cast by renowned sculptor and medallionist, MichaelMeszaros. The plaque depicts a hand drawing aside a curtain to reveal an array of faces, a metaphor for the way that artists set out to reveal what they perceive to their audiences. Eachyear,therecipientisselectedbyapanelofjudgesappointedby the FAW, therefore, no entries are required.
FAW AWARDS 2016 - GENERAL CONDITIONS OF ENTRY All entries for 2016 must comply with these conditions, which supersede those of previous years. Entries that breach these conditions, or the specific conditions for each category, will be disqualified.
All entrants must be bona fide citizens of Australia or its territories or be expatriates born in Australia.
Entries and payments must be received or postmarked by 30/11/16. Entry fees will not be refunded under any circumstances. Each entry requires a separate entry form but ONE payment that combines fees will suffice.
Entries will not be returned. Manuscript entries and entry forms, will be destroyed after judging.
Entries in the Manuscript Awards and Unpublished Short Story Awards must be TYPED WITH 1.5 OR DOUBLE SPACING BETWEEN LINES.
Entries for Poetry Awards need no set format..
Entries should not have been published at time of submission. Submissions may be entered in other literary competitions simultaneously. Receiving offers of publication or being place getters in other competitions does not affect eligibility if dated after submission..
No GST is payable on entry fees. If you require a tax invoice, please request this prior to 30/11/16.
All winners will be notified in writing by 28 FEBRUARY 2017. Results will be embargoed until they are announced at the Awards Ceremony usually held on the last Friday in March, subject to placement of Good Friday and will be published on the Fellowship website in April 2017. Should you wish to receive a copy of the results when they are printed, please enclose a C4 (large) SSAE marked ‘For Results’ with your entry.
All decisions will be final. An award will not be conferred if there are insufficient entries in a particular category, or if none of the entries are deemed by the judges to be of sufficient standard.
All details will be published on the Fellowship website, . Winners, judges and sponsors will receive invitations.
All entrants must ensure that the author’s name appears only on detachable entry forms – no cover sheet required.
Entrants must be within the specified age range as specified in awards.