2013 ACT Writers Centre Awards

All ACT Writers Centre Awards are now closed. Winners were announced at the 2013 ACT Writers Centre Christmas Party on 12 December 2013. Entries for the 2014 Awards will open in May 2014.

Enquiries:

(02) 6262 9191 or admin(at)actwriters.org.au

Anne Edgeworth Writers' Award for Young ACT Writers

Are you an emerging writer under 35? Do you need up to $5,000 to develop your craft, skills and experience? At a total of $5,000, it is the largest award offered by the ACT Writers Centre and may be divided between two applicants. The winner/s will be announced at the 2013 ACT Writers Centre awards in December. Applications will be invited from published and unpublished writers in the fields of poetry, fiction writing, screenwriting and playwriting. Possible award uses include tuition fees, travel, accommodation, printing and publishing, editing or attending a writers' retreat. More Information: The Anne Edgeworth Writers' Award for Young ACT Writers

Winner: Brian Obiri-Asare

16th annual Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award

For an emerging ACT region writer (ie without a novel or acollection of short stories published or accepted for publication by a publisher with national distribution, at the closing date for submissions to the award. More Information: The Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award

Winner: Monica Carroll for 'This square called a ring'
Highly Commended: Michelle Brock's 'Breath' and Claire Delahunty's 'Feather-light'

Michael Thwaites Poetry Award

For an emerging ACT region poet (ie without a collection of poems published or accepted for publication by a publisher with national distribution, at the closing date for submissions to the award. More Information: The Michael Thwaites Poetry Award

Winner: Penny O'Hara for 'Ode to a toothbrush'
Highly Commended: Claire Delahunty's 'After nights' and Rebecca Fleming's 'An untimely death'

ACT Writing and Publishing Awards

Recognising, rewarding and promoting writing by ACT region authors that has been published by small publishers or self-published. More Information: The ACT Writing and Publishing Award
Sponsored by Paperchain Bookstore

Fiction Book Winner: Kaaron Warren for Through Splintered Walls (Twelfth Planet Press)
Highly Commended: Nigel Featherstone’s I’m Ready Now (Blemish Books) and Donald McMaster’s Provocation (Arcadia)

Nonfiction Book Winner: G.A. Mawer for Canberry Tales: An Informal History (Arcadia)
Highly Commended: Ann Nugent’s Leaving the Rest Behind: An Immigrant’s Story (Leaving the Rest Behind)

Poetry Book Winner: Melinda Smith for First…Then… (Ginninderra Press)
Highly Commended: Suzanne Edgar’s The Love Procession (Ginninderra Press), Leon Trainor’s In Country (Bat Trang Road Press)

Children's Book Winners: Tanya Davies’ Sarah’s Song (A Tiny Publication) and Maree Teychenne’s My Aunt Ate a Plate (Starry Night Publishing)

The Zane Hills Award for Book Reviewing

For a book review of up to 1500 words, written by an ACT region writer and published in 2012. More Information: The Zane Hills Award for Book Reviewing
Sponsored by Regional Wine and Beverage Merchants Pty Ltd.

Winner: Duncan Driver for his article, 'Who Let the Dogs Out?' (Canberra Times, 7 July 2012)

The Zane Hills Award for Restaurant Reviewing

For a restaurant review of up to 1500 words, written by an ACT region writer and published in 2012. More Information: The Zane Hills Wines Award for Restaurant Reviewing
Sponsored by Regional Wine and Beverage Merchants Pty Ltd. This award did not run in 2013.

Outstanding Service to Writing and Publishing in the ACT & Region

This was a special award given in 2013 to Irma Gold, in recognition of her work with The Invisible Thread anthology.