Society of Women Writers, Tasmania, Inc




Launceston meeting, Monday, February 4, 2019

The next meeting of the Society of Women Writers, Tasmania, is on Monday, 4th February, 2019, Launceston Library, Level 2, Room 1, 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.


Hello everyone,

We will be holding our end of year CHRISTMAS LUNCH on Monday, 3rd December.  It will be in the LINKS Restaurant at the Country Club Casino in Launceston.

We have booked a table for 12 noon. The cost is $25.50 for the lunchtime buffet.

Ros Sydes is taking the bookings. Her mobile number is 0418 365 253, text is best.

Or you can email her at

Please book before the 29th of November. 

Please bring a Secret Santa of no more than $7.


At our general meeting on the morning of the 3rd December, we have a guest speaker from 10.30 am to 11.30 a.m.

Dawn Meredith grew up in England, Australia and Norway. She is a teacher, author and artist and has been working with children and their families for over 20 years. She now lives with her family near Ulverstone. Dawn's first two books were published in 2000. Since then she has been published in almost every genre. Her ninth book was released in 2017. Her work includes fiction and non-fiction books, short stories, short non-fiction pieces and poetry. Dawn was awarded a May Gibbs Fellowship 2010 and 2011 to complete the first draft her debut young adult fantasy novel FLIGHT. In 2016 her debut adult novel LETTERS FROM THE DEAD won the SCBWI Andrea Pinkney writer award before it was published.


This meeting will be held in Room 1, Level 2 of the Launceston Library, commencing at 10.00 am.  At 11.30 we leave for our Christmas lunch at Links. It would be great if as many members as possible could come to the meeting to hear our guest speaker and then join us for lunch.


I would still love to receive some articles, short stories and poems for the December/January Stylus.  They do not necessarily have to be on the theme of ‘A Hidden Kindness’.


There is still time to enter the Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize as it does not finish until the 30th November.  Scoll down for more details, including entry conditions and rules.


If you have not as yet renewed your $25 membership, our Membership Officer Ros Sydes can give you our bank details for direct deposits.  Email her at for further details regarding payments.

Happy writing and Merry Christmas from Secretary Wendy. 



The Robyn Mathison Annual Poetry Prize 2018 has been launched. See details below.

Anne Wilde is looking for any member poets to come join eWings, SWWT's electronic poetry magazine.  Contact Anne at:




           The competition is open to all poets (see Rules set out below).

FIRST PRIZE:   $200.00

SECOND PRIZE:   $50.00



Theme: Freedom

CLOSING DATE: 30th November 2018

For further information email the Competition Secretary at:


This competition is for original, previously unpublished poetry.

Entries close on the 30th November 2018

Entry fee: $10.00 for up to two entries

Theme: Freedom

Line Count:  Up to 40 lines in length

Type on A4 paper with 1.5 spacing, using 12 pt. Arial or

Times Fonts.

Use a separate sheet with the title of the poem, line count, and your contact details, (name, address, email, and telephone number.)

Do not put your personal details on the story only the title.

Email your entry/s as an attachment) to:

In the subject line, please put RM Poetry Prize.

Pay your $10 entry fee directly into the SWWT bank account (see below for details).

Bank Account Name: Society of Women Writers, Tasmania, Inc.

Bank: Commonwealth Bank of Australia

BSB: 067 601

Account No.: 10168834

Very Important:

Please ensure that your name and the words RM appear in the deposit line. 



 Congratulations to the winners in the 2018 SWWT Short Story Award
1st Place:     Janeen Samuel, Morgiana, Victoria for The Phone Call
2nd Place:   Susan Gourlay, Queenscliff, Victoria for My Bedroom Window
Highly Commended:    Carmel Lillis, Yarraville, Victoria for Tough Girls Can Cry
Commended:     Brenda North, Brittons Swamp, Tasmania for Careful Thinking
Commended:     Bette Martin, Park Orchards, Victoria for Chiaroscuro
Scroll down for details of the current SWWT poetry competition



Warm congratulations to Sally Odgers, recipient of the perpetual Alice Award trophy, 2018, presented by the Society of Women Writers, Victoria.




The Society is very pleased to announce Mary Farr has been elected SWWT President for 2018-2019. Mary had previously been our conscientious secretary, a demanding role but one that was approached by her with thought and diligence. Thank you on both counts, Mary.

It is with sincere thanks we acknowledge the tremendous generosity of Wendy Laing. Wendy has met much of life's adversity with a disarming smile and incredible stoicism. In 2017 she, for the second time, took on the role of SWWT President.  In her cool manner, she has kept the meetings focussed and intrigued by the various exercises and writing information she brought along to share each month. Having previously served as Minutes Secretary, Wendy has now accepted the position of Secretary - and continues as editor of Stylus. Thank you for your dedication, Wendy.

Congratulations also go to the hard-working SWWT Executive and committee for their generosity of spirit as they step forward in the various roles required to make a Society run efficiently: President Mary Farr; Vice President Robyn Mathison; Treasurer Anne Wilde (with assistance from Ros Sydes); Secretary Wendy Laing; Membership Officer Ros Sydes; Website and Facebook administrator Rose Frankcombe; Committee Members Yvonne Gluyas, Eileen Litherland; Magazine Editors - Coffee Break, Robyn Mathison, eWings, Anne Wilde.






Sally Odgers won the Chocolate Poetry Competition at the Chocolate Winterfest in Latrobe on Sunday, 12th August.  Congratulations, Sally.


Hello everyone,
It’s membership renewal time again!
Thank you for your support during the last year!
NOW is the time to renew your membership for 2018-19, starting July 1st.  
Please note that those who paid at the June meeting do not need to pay again.
Membership fees are still $25. You can pay your membership at our monthly meetings, or contact our Membership Officer, Mrs Ros Sydes by either phoning 6343 0943 or email for more information. You can also pay by direct deposit into the following account:

Bank Account Name: Society of Women Writers, Tasmania, Inc.

Bank: Commonwealth Bank of Australia

BSB: 067 601

Account No.:10168834

IMPORTANT: Mark your deposit as either MEMBER RENEWAL - or for new membership application payments, NEW MEMBER.

Scroll down for meeting details and SWWT's Annual Short Story Writing Competition

Bye for now,




Scroll down to see the list of winning entrants in the 2017 Margot Manchester Memorial Short Story Award and the Robyn Mathison Annual Poetry Prize.



For a copy of the Application for Membership or a Membership Renewal form, contact the Membership Officer at:

Please note: The membership fee is now $25.00 per annum




The Society of Women Writers, Tasmania Inc. congratulates all entrants who participated in the 2017 Margot Manchester Memorial Short Story Award and the Robyn Mathison Annual Poetry Prize.


Margot Manchester Memorial Short Story Award 

1st Place: Send Me Home, My Friends by Freya Cox, Kingston TAS

2nd Place: Letter to Theo van Gogh by Michelle Collins, Glen Iris VIC

Highly Commended: Conversations with an Outhouse by Graham McDonald, Denmark, WA

Robyn Mathison Annual Poetry Prize 

1st Place: Venice by Marion Pym Schaare, Brisbane QLD

2nd Place: The Shore that Shelters my Children by Damon O'Brien, Wynnum QLD

Highly Commended: Kokoda Trek by Janice Williams, Stawell VIC


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Dianne Bates | Reply 31.08.2018 18.01

2018 Buzz Words Short Story Prize This is for short Story by adults writing for children aged 8 to 11 years. There will be two prizes: first is $1,00

Akhileshvari Dasi | Reply 01.09.2017 07.13

I've only just now discovered your short story competition and saw that entries closed yesterday! I have the perfect story to enter. Is it really too late?

Wendy Laing Coordinator 03.09.2017 11.41

It is too late for our competition so here is a good site to find competitions that are still open.
Wendy Laing

Allan Lake | Reply 20.07.2017 11.32

Is the RM poetry comp only for women? If so, I have a problem.

SWWT Moderator 20.07.2017 14.31

No problem, Allan, both the poetry and the s/s comps are open to all. We look forward to receiving your entry. Thank you for the enquiry.

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22.11 | 13:08

Hello Trish and Claire, my name is Catherine and I am also keen to meet other women in the Hobart area who write. Have you organized any times to get together?

12.11 | 11:15

Yes, Krishna, male or female, the poetry competition is open to all.

11.11 | 09:56

Dear Wendy,

Can a male poet participate in the poem competition?

16.10 | 11:49

Hi Claire,
I am based in Hobart and looking at forming Hobart meetings where people can share works and ideas face to face!
Love to hear from you! Trish

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