Aspiring Writers Awards

Curtin University and the State Library of Western Australia are collaborating with WritingWA on two new awards for aspiring writers.

The Curtin University Prize for Fiction and the State Library of Western Australia Prize for WA history will now be open to writers who have not yet made a major publication, and live in one of nine areas of regional WA (Gascoyne, Goldfields-Esperance, Great Southern, Kimberley, Mid West, Peel, Pilbara, South West and Wheatbelt).

Each prize includes mentoring and editing guidance by an established writer, valued at $6000, to help aspiring writers in the final stages of editing and submitting their manuscript to publishers. The mentors will be established writers and editors who will work with the winners to develop their skill as a writer and prepare their manuscripts for submission to publishers.

The Curtin University Prize for Fiction is for novels or novellas written for Young Adult or Adult audiences; and the State Library of Western Australia Prize for WA history encompasses biographies, or works of social, political, economic, cultural or environmental history. Winners of the State Library Prize will also receive support for their research.

WritingWA’s chair Delys Bird said the organisation was ‘addressing the needs of aspiring writers in our regional communities, and investing in the emergence of new writing talents.’

Applications for these awards are now open and are due 31 May 2013. The winners will be announced in September 2013. For more information see the writingWA website here.

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