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Posted on December 6, 2018 by ACT Writers Centre

ACT Book of the Year announced as we celebrate our community

Canberra-based poet and Barkindji man, Paul Collis, has been awarded the ACT Book of the Year at our ACT Writers Centre Publishing and Awards Night for his work Dancing Home. The Centre’s awards evening and Christmas party, held on Thursday 6 December at the Ainslie Arts Centre, brought together over 100 members of the arts, […]


Posted on February 16, 2018 by ACT Writers Centre

Late Summer Reading: Fight or Flight by Izzy Gacusan

Izzy Gacusan’s short story ‘Fight or Flight’ was Highly Commended in the 2016 Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award. Here it is for your late-summer reading pleasure. He’d been here before. He was familiar with the peculiarity of this place, but found no solace in this. He awoke just minutes ago, stiff bed sheets poking at […]


Posted on January 18, 2017 by ACT Writers Centre

Frozen Stiff by Elizabeth Egan

Elizabeth Egan’s short story ‘Frozen Stiff’ was highly commended in the 2015 Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award. Frozen Stiff by Elizabeth Egan —- It was a dark and stormy night . . . When my brother was young he began every story with these words. A teacher once told him it was an attention-grabbing opening—very atmospheric. He […]


Posted on December 12, 2016 by ACT Writers Centre

2016 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards Shortlist

  We are delighted to reveal the 2016 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards shortlist. The announcement of the winners will take place at 6pm Thursday 15 December in Canberra Contemporary Art Space at Gorman Arts Centre. More details about the event can be found here. This year, we are also pleased to welcome the Minister for the Arts and […]


Posted on November 26, 2016 by ACT Writers Centre

Memorabilia by Michelle Brock

Michelle Brock’s poem ‘Memorabilia‘ was highly commended in the 2015 Michael Thwaites Poetry Award. Memorabilia By Michelle Brock —- campfire under the she-oaks burnt to ashes the future they shared by the waterhole Dear Tom I’m back at Roslyn to help out with the farm, starting the holidays early, not that I mind. Right now I’m sitting […]


Posted on June 19, 2016 by ACT Writers Centre

Ode to a Papermate Inkjoy 100, A Poem by Penny O'Hara

Penny O’Hara’s poem, Ode to a Papermate Inkjoy 100, won the 2015 Michael Thwaites Poetry Award, as part of our ACT Publishing and Writing Awards announced last year. The judge, Melinda Smith, described it as “a fabulous tight piece of metaphyics with lots of clever witty angles, none of them overdone.” Read it for yourself below.  Who can say who picked up whom? […]


Posted on April 30, 2016 by ACT Writers Centre

Action (Bus Route 2), a poem by Sarah Rice

Sarah Rice’s poem, Action (Bus Route 2) was Highly Commended for the 2015 Michael Thwaites Poetry Award. This poem was described by judge, Melinda Smith as “A personable, compassionate meditation on having and not-having with some sharply observed moments”.  Action (Bus Route 2) There’s someone living in my bus stop two bikes three bags and […]


Posted on April 7, 2016 by ACT Writers Centre

Torvald's Year, A Short Story by C.H. Pearce

C.H. Pearce’s short story, Torvald’s Year, won the 2015 Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award.

“This account of how poor Torvald struggles to escape his wretched life below ground is a superb example of speculative fiction. It plunges the reader straight into a dystopian world of ‘suffering’ without any of those explanations and technological details which would detract from the story.” (Judge, Maureen Bettle).


Posted on March 9, 2016 by ACT Writers Centre

Winter evening on the Monaro, a Poem by Laurence de B Anderson

Laurence de B Anderson received a Highly Commended prize in the 2015 Michael Thwaites Poetry Award for his poem, Winter evening on the Monaro. Judge, Melinda Smith described it as: “a lyrical, mysterious exploration of landscape and light”. Laurence’s  poem is published below.  Cloud-light shivers the crow to louvred grey. Riding the fence, he sleeks […]


Posted on February 3, 2016 by ACT Writers Centre

Now and Then, A Short Story by Jennifer Hand

Jennifer Hand’s short story, Now and Then, was highly commended in the 2015 Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award. “Subtle and understated, this double portrait brings together a young woman with her older self in the mundane setting of a supermarket” (Judge, Maureen Bettle). Read Jennifer’s piece below and stay tuned for more winners and shortlisted stories […]


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