The Dorothy Hewett Award – short list for an unpublished manuscript

UWA Publishing

UWA Publishing is thrilled to be announcing the shortlist for the 2022 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript! The shortlist is as follows:

‘The Sleeping’ by Melissa Jones Murphy

‘Eta Draconis’ by Brendan Ritchie

‘How to Order Eggs Sunny Side Up’ by Lisa Collyer

‘Like a Small City’ by Carla de Goede

‘Nameless’ by Amanda Jane Creely

‘Greater City Shadows’ by Laurie Steed

To read the judges comments, head to our website:

The judging panel for the 2022 Award was Tony Hughes-d’Aeth, Leni Shilton, Astrid Edwards and Eleanor Hurt. They noted that the events that have shaped our experiences in the last two years have provided fertile material for Australian writers. More information on the judges can be found on the UWA Publishing website.

In 2021 the Award received over 350 entries and the Judges announced joint winners, with two young fiction writers sharing the award. Joshua Kemp’s Banjawarn (submitted as ‘Strangest Places’) was released in February 2022 and Kgshak Akec’s Hopeless Kingdom will be available mid-year. Previous winners include Karen Wyld’s Where the Fruit Falls and the inaugural winner, Extinctions by Josephine Wilson, which went on to win the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

UWA Publishing sends a warm thank you to the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund for its ongoing support for the Dorothy Hewett Award. The winner will be announced in June.

Annette Cameron Encouragement Award for Unpublished W.A. Poet (2021)

1st place ‘Impossible Jeans’ judged by Caitlin Maling as part of the Katharine Susannah Prichard Poetry and Prose Competitions 2021

Read judge’s report here

Impossible Jeans

After Denim Day

It creeps. Rifles her body−absolves blame,

nodding assent to her undoing. In jeans,

solidarity surrounds wounded fruit,

hounds’ bare teeth outraged by unjust decree.

A protest captures wind change in ancient

Piazza. A limpet undone, traction

lost to wayward nerve. They all wear jeans

disrupting parliament, dissidents bay

in protest of the judge’s verdict−that

it’s impossible to rape a woman

wearing jeans. It annihilates. Raided

fabric plunders breaching boundaries of

what little flesh. It insinuates. Frayed

breaths whisper−a culprit of poor choices.

Her body is sacked, Rome is in ruins

legitimising lawlessness. Undone.

She bears slander−bequeathed shame.

Cheeks turn raw and razed. He flees pardoned.

She seeks asylum−back against sullied walls

to lean. Uneven bird shit drips, stains stone

paths piercing soles of unsupportive flimsy

sandals. Judgemental leer points, penetrates

resolve. The bench marks her jeans. Undone.

Even in jeans.

The Ballina Region for Refugees Seeking Asylum Poetry Prize

Highly Commended for my poem ‘the stranger’

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