The ACT Writers Centre offers a number of awards to support the writing community. Winners will be announced at the 2017 ACT Writers Centre Annual Awards Night in December. For further information you can call (02) 6262 9191 or email admin@actwriters.org.au.

20th Annual Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award

The Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award was established by Don McInnis to commemorate the life of his wife, a short story writer who lived in Canberra and passed away on 25 September 1997. The award is for an emerging ACT region writer. Entries must be between 1,500–3,000 words. First prize is $600. The winning short story and up to three highly commended stories may be published in an issue of the ACT Writers Centre magazine. A payment of $10 for members or $15 for non-members is required to apply.

You can apply online and read the terms and conditions here.

June Shenfield Poetry Award

The June Shenfield Poetry Award is annual award to commemorate poet June Shenfield, and to encourage people to write, publish and read poetry. The award is for an emerging Australian poet. Entries must not exceed 80 lines. First prize is $300 and second prize is $200. The winning poems and up to three highly commended poems may also be published in an issue of the ACT Writers Centre magazine. A payment of $10 for members or $15 for non-members is required to apply. This is a national award in collaboration with Demos Journal.

You can apply online and read the terms and conditions here.

Publishing Awards

Recognising, rewarding and promoting writing by local authors who have published with small publishers or self-published. The competition has four categories; fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s books. Winners will receive a book voucher. A payment of $10 for members or $15 for non-members is required to apply. 

You can apply online and read the terms and conditions here.

The 2017 Anne Edgeworth Young Writers’ Fellowship

Are you an emerging writer under 35? Do you need up to $5,000 to develop your craft, skills and experience? This Fellowship has been established in memory of the late Canberra author and poet Anne Edgeworth. (also known as Anne Godfrey Smith), who actively mentored and encouraged young writers.

You can apply online and read the terms and conditions here.