The AAWP works with our partner organisations to offer five annual opportunities for emerging writers.

These prizes are:

AAWP Voiceworks Sudden Fiction Prize (open now to writers under 25, closing Nov 15)

AAWP/UWRF Translators’ Prize, in partnership with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

AAWP SC Creative Nonfiction Prize, with Slow Canoe Live Journal

AAWP X UWRF Emerging Writers’ Prize, with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

Chapter One Prize, with the University of Western Australia Publishing

AAWP/ASSF Emerging Writers’ Short Story Prize, with the Australian Short Story Festival

AAWP prizes have been ratified by Arts Law

‘Arts Law was very impressed with AAWP’s attitude, which clearly demonstrated AAWP’s respect for writers.’ You can read more here:


For more information on any of these prizes, visit our Prizes page.

Prizes and Partnerships Portfolio Team

All AAWP prizes are managed by the Prizes and Partnerships Portfolio team. In 2020, this is Julia Prendergast, Katrina Finlayson, and Daniel Juckes.

Please feel welcome to contact us via email with any queries about AAWP prizes.

Julia Prendergast

Julia’s novel, The Earth Does Not Get Fat was published in 2018 (UWA Publishing: Australia). Recent short stories feature in Australian Short Stories 66 (Pascoe Publishing 2018). Other stories have been recognised and published: Lightship Anthology 2 (UK), Glimmer Train (US), TEXT (AU) Séan Ó Faoláin Competition, (IE), Review of Australian Fiction, Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Prize, Josephine Ulrick Prize (AU). Julia’s research focuses practice-based analysis of creative writing methodology, with a particular focus on meta-level processes: including psychoanalytic and neuroscientific approaches. Julia is a Senior Lecturer in Writing and Literature at Swinburne University, Melbourne and current chair of AAWP. She is an enthusiastic supporter of interdisciplinary, open and collaborative research practices.

Katrina Finlayson

Katrina Finlayson is a creative writer and researcher, working mostly in creative nonfiction. She holds a doctorate in creative writing from Flinders University, and her PhD research used the psychoanalytical theory of the Uncanny as a launch point to explore ideas about the anxiety of being a stranger and how this relates to creative writing. Katrina’s personal and critical essays have been published in Meanjin, TEXT, and Axon. Her writing explores ideas about strangeness, place and displacement, home and travel, and the nature and significance of memory and identity.

Daniel Juckes

Daniel is a writer from Perth, Western Australia. He is a sessional academic at Curtin University, from where he holds a PhD in Creative Writing, and he works at Westerly magazine as Administrative Editor. His creative and critical work has been published in journals such as AxonLife Writing, M/C Journal, TEXT, and Westerly, and his research investigates the potential of objects in stories about the past, as well as seamlessness in prose style.

Letter in support of NTEU

A letter in support of the National Tertiary Education Union’s (NTEU) decision to offer fee relief for casual members in the face of Covid-19.

NiTRO Articles

In this article in the March 2020 edition of NiTRO, the journal of the Australian Society of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts (DDCA), AAWP Chair Dr Julia Prendergast and Deputy Chair Professor Craig Batty discuss AAWP’s work to negotiate a collective voice for creative practitioners, teachers, and researchers.

This article raises some ideas about inclusion in the creative arts. ‘New Verbs: a Preamble to Impact and Engagement’, March 02, 2018 by Dr Antonia Pont.

Letter in Support of UWAP

In November 2019, the AAWP wrote this letter in response to the proposed closure of the University of Western Australia Press. We were subsequently delighted to hear of the decision to keep UWAP running.