UWA Publishing launches the Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
The Dorothy Hewett Award
UWA Publishing is delighted to announce the establishment of a new literary award, the Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.
The award responds to the damaging changes to the WA Premier's Book Awards, which were announced just after the 2015 Perth Writers Festival. The Premier's Book Awards will now be awarded biennially instead of annually, making it harder for writers to compete for an ever shrinking pool of funds.
The Dorothy Hewett Award, administered by UWA Publishing and supported by the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund and 720 ABC Perth, goes some way to filling the gap. With a cash prize of $10,000 and a publishing contract with UWA Publishing, the award is a celebration of Western Australian literary culture and talent.
To discuss the rationale behind the award and the state of the arts more broadly, 720 ABC Perth and UWA Publishing will be hosting a Writers Forum on 13 August at the East Perth ABC Studios, featuring Presenter Gillian O'Shaughnessy, UWAP Director Terri-ann White, and author Amanda Curtin. For more details, keep an eye on our Facebook page and website.
Entries open on 1 August and close on 4 September. The shortlist will be released on 11 December, and the winner announced at a special event at the 2016 Perth Writers Festival.