Fellowship of Australian Writers (faw) Victoria Incorporated 2016 national literary awards entries open: 1 September 2016



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Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) Victoria Incorporated


2016 NATIONAL LITERARY AWARDS

Entries open: 1 September 2016

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 The Australian 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.


1. FAW EXCELLENCE IN NON-FICTION LITERATURE AWARD

Entry Fee (per entry): $20, FAW (Vic.) members/award sponsors: $10 Prize: $500

Sponsored by Dulcie Stone

An award for a NON-FICTION work, including biography and autobiography, of sustained quality and distinction with an Australian theme, first published after 30/11/15, and not previously published locally or overseas. Two copies of the book are required and will not be returned.

2. FAW CHRISTINA STEAD FICTION AWARD

Entry Fee (per entry): $20, FAW (Vic.) members/award sponsors: $10 Prize: $500

Sponsored by Colin Peterson

An award for a work of FICTION by an Australian author, first published after 30/11/15, and not previously published locally or overseas. Two copies of the book are required and will not be returned.
3. FAW ANNE ELDER POETRY AWARD

Entry Fee (per entry): $20, FAW (Vic.) members/award sponsors, $10. Prize: $1000

Sponsored by Cathie Elder and the FAW as trustees for the Anne Elder Trust

An award for a FIRST BOOK OF POETRY first published after 30/11/15, and not previously published locally or overseas, containing contributions from between 1 and 4 poets. The book must be the first published book-length collection of poetry by the author/s, and must contain at least 20 pages of text. Three copies of the book are required and will not be returned.
4. BARBARA RAMSDEN AWARD

Entry Fee (per entry): $20, FAW (Vic.) members/award sponsors $10.

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 fiction or non-fiction. The sponsor provides two specially-cast bronze plaques valued at $500, designed by Andor Meszaros, and provided by Michael Meszaros. These are presented to the author and editor to recognise the combined effort of both parties to produce a quality product. The design is of The
Origin of Art, showing the creator at work, and a figure representing the forces that ensure its effective communication.


All entries must include two copies of the book and up to two written commentaries from the author, writer and/or publisher (of up to 150 words each) on how the editor contributed to the final result. 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.

5. FAW IMPACT DIGITAL COMMUNITY WRITERS AWARD

Entry Fee (per entry): Non-Members $15, FAW (Vic.) members/award sponsors $10.

First Prize: $500 Impact Digital Print Voucher

Sponsored by Impact Digital

An award for an unpublished manuscript of short prose and/or poetry which was compiled, written and edited after 30/11/15 by a group of writers who meet regularly to share and workshop their writing. The maximum length of the anthology should be 30,000 words. Each piece of writing in the anthology should not exceed 3,000 words. Entries must include a title page, a contents page and the approximate word length of the anthology. Each group may submit only one entry. One copy is required and will not be returned. Entries will be judged solely on the quality of the writing— not on the presentation of the manuscript— however, for ease of reading, manuscripts should be neatly presented and firmly bound in some way. A statement about the aims of the group is also acceptable but the authors must not be identified by name.

6. FAW JENNIFER BURBIDGE SHORT STORY AWARD

Entry Fee (per entry): Non-Members $15, FAW (Vic.) members/award sponsors $5. First Prize: $250

Sponsored by Mary Burbidge

An award for an unpublished short story of up to 3000 words. This award honours Jennifer Burbidge, who suffered severe developmental difficulties and died soon after her 21st birthday, and whose story is told in F
orever Baby. Royalties from the book help to fund the sponsorship of this award. Stories may deal with any aspect of the lives of those who suffer some form of physical, intellectual or mental health disability and/or the impact of disability on their families in an Australian situation. 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

An award for an unpublished poem between 14 and 60 lines, including epigraphs. A suite of poems linked thematically may be entered as one entry provided the line limit is adhered to. Poems should be typed using single-spacing. One copy of each poem (or suite) is required. More than one entry per author may be submitted.
8. FAW JIM HAMILTON UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT AWARD

Sponsored by Margaret River Press

Entry Fee (per entry): Non-Members $20, FAW (Vic.)members $10.

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.

Entries must be an unpublished novel on any theme or genre with a minimum length of 30,000 words. Entries must be aimed at adult and teenage readers and not be a collection of short stories or verse novel. TWO (2) copies are required— one hardcopy (printed) by mail with Entry Form and one electronic copy in PDF or WORD format emailed to rds@writers.asn.au>.

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 .


Printed manuscripts: Entries must be single sided with 1.5 or double spacing, pages numbered, neatly presented and fastened securely in one corner with a large ‘bulldog clip. If the manuscript is too big for one clip, break up manuscript into as many pieces as necessary with a separate coversheet for each section. Do not send entries by registered mail or over-packaged in cardboard boxes or plastic wallets. Authors 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

Entry Fee (per entry): Non-Members $15, FAW Vic members $5 Prize: $250

Sponsored by Whitelight Productions

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. One copy is required and will not be returned. Entries should be neatly presented and fastened securely in one corner with one or more large ‘bulldog clips. Please use a separate cover sheet for each section.

11. FAW Microfiction Award
Sponsored by Caroline DeCosta

Entry Fee (per entry): Non-Members $10, FAW Vic members $5 Prize: $200

An award for an unpublished story on any theme to a maximum of 150 words. One copy of each story is required; more than one entry per author may be submitted.

12. FAW HOW-TWEET-IT-IS POETRY Award
Sponsored by Philton

Entry Fee (per entry): Non-Members $10, FAW Vic members $5 Prize: $100

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

For a poem on any theme. There is no word limit. One copy of each poem is required. Poem should be typed using single-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)

For a short story (3000 words or less) on any theme. One copy of each story is required. Stories should be typed in double-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*

For a short story on any theme to a maximum of 3,000 words. One copy of each story is required. Stories should be typed in double-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


Sponsored by Graeme and Robyn Base

For a collection of writing by an INDIVIDUAL student, of any age, who is attending an Australian secondary school. The collection may contain up to 10 pieces. All forms of writing (poetry, short stories, non-fiction, etc.) may be included. 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

This award is in memory of Ivy Hart who died in 2003. A lover and writer of rhyming poetry and a political activist for social justice, peace and preserving the environment, Ivy Hart published two books of rhyming poems on these issues, and they have been used in schools. This is an award for rhyming poetry of sustained quality and distinction with the theme of Peace OR the 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

Sponsored by Sally Dugan

An award to honour an Australian poet who has written work of sustained quality and distinction. The FAW supplies a specially-cast bronze plaque that has been designed and cast by renowned sculptor and medallionist, Michael Meszaros. 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. Each year, the recipient is selected by a panel of judges appointed by 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.


  1. All entrants must be bona fide citizens of Australia or its territories or be expatriates born in Australia.

  2. 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.

  3. Entries will not be returned. Manuscript entries and entry forms, will be destroyed after judging.

  4. Entries in the Manuscript Awards and Unpublished Short Story Awards must be TYPED WITH 1.5 OR DOUBLE SPACING BETWEEN LINES.

  5. Entries for Poetry Awards need no set format..

  6. 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..

  7. No GST is payable on entry fees. If you require a tax invoice, please request this prior to 30/11/16.
  8. 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.


  9. 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.

  10. All details will be published on the Fellowship website, . Winners, judges and sponsors will receive invitations.

  11. All entrants must ensure that the author’s name appears only on detachable entry forms – no cover sheet required.

  12. Entrants must be within the specified age range as specified in awards.






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