Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writers Award 2020

UPDATE: At community request we have extended the submission deadline until 11:59pm on Sunday. We’d also like to clarify that the word length is not a ‘qualifying’ factor. It is a factor the judges will consider in their deliberations. Please don’t be put off if your piece outside of the word limits.

The award is:

  • Open to Tasmanian Aboriginal writers of 16 years and older
  • Eligible applicants will not identify as a professional or established writer, or have had more than one full-length work published by a third-party publisher or produced by a professional theatre company.
  • Entries need to address the theme: Resilience 
  • Entries must be prose: creative fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, historical non-fiction/fiction, biography/memoir (anonymised for blind judging), speculative fiction. 2500-3000 words.
  • The closing date for entries is 11.59pm on 10th July 2020.
  • Late entries will not be accepted.
  • Applicants may submit one entry only to admin@taswriters.org.
  • The Entry form can be downloaded as a PDF, or a .DOC file

Prize money of $1,000 will be awarded at the discretion of the judges as well as a membership to TasWriters. The winning entry will be published in the 160th issue of Island released in mid September.

No correspondence will be entered into regarding the judges’ final decisions.

The 2020 ETAWA will be presented in September.

The details to be announced closer to the date, once Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings allow.

Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writer Award 2019

The: My Tasmanian Landscape and the judges were inaugural 2017 winner Adam Thompson, Jillian Mundy and Theresa Sainty.

The winner was Kartanya Maynard with her poem

Congratulations to the Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writer Award winner, Kartanya Maynard!

Inaugural Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writers Award 2017

TheTasWriters (then the Tasmanian Writers Centre) was delighted to announce Launceston-based writer Adam Thompson as the winner of the inaugural Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writers Award (ETAWA) in 2017.

The award was presented at Hobart’s Theatre Royal, at the opening event of the 2017 Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival and Hidden Stories program.

Respected Tasmanian Aboriginal writer, puralia meenamatta (Jim Everett), presented Adam with the award for his short story, Sonny. Adam will received prize money and professional support via membership of the Tasmanian Writers Centre.

Adam is a pakana (Tasmanian Aboriginal) man with a passion for telling stories about Aboriginal themes and characters. He has worked for the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre for 15 years and has a sound knowledge of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community and the issues that are important to Tasmanian Aboriginal people. Earlier in the year, Adam received a Tasmanian Government Aboriginal Arts grant to produce a compilation of short stories under the guidance of a mentor. He has also been co-writing a short-form comedy series for television.

2017 entries, which were assessed by judges Bruce Pascoe, Julie Gough and Jillian Mundy, addressed the theme: Reflections on being Aboriginal in Tasmania today.