Society of Women Writers, Tasmania, Inc

THE ALICE AWARD

The Society of Women Writers, Tasmania, Inc., has this year the honour of presenting the prestigious Alice Award on August 6 at a dinner to be held at the Boat House, Launceston, which will be attended by The Society of Women Writers, Tasmania patron Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AM, Governor of Tasmania, with keynote speakers Tasmanian author Rachael Treasure and journalist Alison Andrews of the Country Courier, Longford. A biennial event, our fundraising is leading up to the celebrations in Launceston, when an Australian woman writer who has made a significant contribution to Australian literature will be presented with the perpetual Alice trophy. She will then join a list of amazing women writers dating back to 1978 who have also won this award. The Alice Award honours Alice Booth, NSW, who donated the seed funding for the award in 1978.

Eleanor Dark 1978


Judith Wright 1980

Mary Durack 1982

Kylie Tennant 1984

Ruth Park 1986

Nancy Cato 1988

Nance Donkin 1990

Elizabeth Jolley 1992

Mem Fox 1994

Patsy Adam-Smith 1996

Kathryn Purnell 1998

Jill Shearer 2000

Kate Grenville 2002

Dr. Margaret Scott 2004

Rosemary Dobson 2006

Dr. Brenda Niall 2008

Christobel Mattingley 2010

Susanna de Vries 2012

Libby Hathorn 2014

 

If you are interested in attending the dinner at the Boat House on August 6, please email swwtas@gmail.com

North West and West Coast Students

To all North West and West Coast yrs. 7 to 10 students, here's a short story writing competition for you.

Go to: http://swwtstylus.weebly.com/  for your downloadable copy of the entry details.

The competition deadline has been extended to 8.00 p.m. June 30 - and email entries will now be accepted.

 

You could be a winner. Enter now!

 

Prizes: 1st $100.00; 2nd $60.00; 3rd $40.00 HC, C & Encouragement certificates

 

Read all about the Tasmanian nominee for the Alice Award to be held in Launceston, Tasmania, in August, 2016. Robyn Friend is a worthy nominee for this award, as she has made a significant contribution to the betterment of the art of writing. She is humbled by the nomination and the Society of Women Writers wish her very good luck on the award night. Read here what The Examiner had to say on Sunday, May 22.

 

http://www.examiner.com.au/story/3917064/prestigious-award-nominees-literary-life/?cs=95

 


 

 

WORKSHOPS & COMPETITIONS - 2016

Please scroll down for details of current and upcoming workshops.

 


 

For your downloadable copy of the Margot Manchester Memorial Short Story Competition details, 2016, go to and scroll down: http://swwtstylus.weebly.com/

 


 

For your downloadable copy of the Robyn Mathison Annual Poetry Prize details, 2016, go to and scroll down: http://swwtstylus.weebly.com/

 


 

RAFFLE DRAWS

And the lucky winners of Draw 2 are!

Stephanie Thorne

&

Curtis Sydes

NEW RAFFLE OPEN NOW!

Draw 3 closes 8.00 p.m. Sunday June 5

Draw 4 opens immediately after the close of Draw 3 on June 5

You can now purchase raffle tickets online by direct deposit email swwtas@gmail.com for payment details.

TICKETS ONLY $1.00 each!

Raffle enquiries email: swwtasraffle@gmail.com

To see the raffle prizes go to: RAFFLE PRIZES

Two winning tickets drawn each month.

Have a look at the raffle prizes to see what is on offer

New prizes added each month

Like something? Prize winners choose their

own prize from the selection on offer

 

Raffle 3 drawn Monday, June 5, 2016 at the Launceston meeting held in the Ida Burchill Room. Come along and join us on the day, we'd love to meet you. See 'Meetings' for details.

Details of winning tickets published here on the draw day.

 

Buy a book for $10.00!

 

Winners will be notified by email or telephone.

 

 

[All proceeds will go towards the Alice Award, a prestigious event to be hosted by SWW Tasmania in August, 2016. The recipient of The Alice (a perpetual trophy), will be chosen for her significant contribution to Australian literature.] 

 


 

A SERIES OF SWWT WORKSHOPS BEGIN!

Scroll down for details of the latest workshop.

THE REASON FOR THE WORKSHOPS

SWW Tasmania is looking forward to hosting the Alice Award in August, 2016. As a lead up to the prestigious event, whereby an Australian woman writer who has made a significant contribution to Australian literature is presented with the perpetual trophy at the Alice Award ceremony, a fundraising series of workshops have been planned. The workshops, to be held at various locations around Tasmania, will begin in February and work on through to June. This will be an exciting opportunity, a rare chance to meet and share writing knowledge in its various forms with our dynamic mix of presenters.

 


 

Workshops from April through June: UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

 

 

 



 

NEXT MEETING, JUNE 6, 2016

The next Launceston meeting will be on Monday, June 6, 2016, in the Ida Burchill Room, 34-36 Paterson Street, Launceston, 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Homework: poetry or prose to 250 words, theme: ...not so great expectations...

Tea and coffee available (gold coin donation)

 

 


 

CONGRATULATIONS Robyn Mathison Award

Congratulations to the 2015 winners in the

Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize.

We thank the judge, Karen Knight.

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1st Prize

Damen O'Brien - 'Poised'


2nd Prize

Damen O'Brien - 'Type Specimen'


Highly Commended

Damen O'Brien - 'Agnosiophobia'

Commended

Iggy Kim - 'When your distant news'


Commended

Edith Speers - 'The Spirit Trees'

 

 


 

CONGRATULATIONS Margot Manchester Award

Congratulations to the 2015 winners in the

Margot Manchester Memorial Short Story Writing Award.

We thank the judge, Sally Odgers.

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1st Prize

Janeen Samuel- 'Anabranch'


2nd Prize

Christine Johnson - 'Landscape'

 

           Highly Commended          

David Campbell - 'Flotsam'


Commended

'Mister Unpredictable' - by Mike Woodhouse


Commended

Emily Baker - 'Revenge is Sweet'


Highly Commended

Catherine Deery - 'Swinging Gates'


Finalist

Kerrin O'Sullivan - 'Riptide'


Finalist

Carmel Lillis - 'A card carrying member of the human race'


Finalist

Anne B Udy - 'Aftershock'


Finalist

Bruna Costa - The majestic eucalypt'

 

 


 

WINNERS, LTLA, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE 2015 LAUNCESTON, TASMANIA LITERARY AWARD:

First Prize: Tangea Tansley, WA - My Mother Was a Russian Spy

Second Prize: Fiona Robertson, Qld - To See The Sun

Third Prize: David Vernon, ACT - Worse Than Nobody

HC: Sharyn Munro, NSW - Last Rites For A Lover

C: Malcolm King, SA - The Apple Pickers

Tasmanian Writer Prize:

Caroline Flood, Tas. - Krapoot Lek

Short-listed:

Meg McNaught, Qld - The Steel Door

Peter Newall, NSW - Rebetika

Kate Elkington, Qld - DNA

Peter Twohig, NSW - Beetlemania

 


 

CONGRATULATIONS, NEW SOUTH WALES

 

 

The Society of Women Writers, Tasmania congratulates the Society of Women Writers, NSW on achieving 90 years in 2015!

 

 


 

WINNERS: 2014 ROBYN MATHISON ANNUAL POETRY AWARD

Congratulations to all the entrants who have acheived a placing in the inaugural Robyn Mathison Annual Poetry Award, 2014.

We thank the poetry judge, Cameron Hindrum.


First Prize $200.00:  

Marilyn Humbert, Berowra Heights, NSW - Counting Stars

2nd Prize $50.00:

Roger Vickery, Freshwater, NSW - New Year's Eve, Ruined Castle, Aguilas (Eagles)

3rd Prize $20.00:

Faie Dana Watson, Burnie, Tas - Shadow of Changi


Highly Commended:  

 Jan Colville, Mount Stuart, Tas - On Puget Sound


Commended:  

Jill Slack, Gayndah, Qld - Parallel Universe


Finalists: 

Pauline Cleary, Echuca, Vic - Renewal


            Faye Clavi, Mirrabooka, WA - Termite Mounds


            Roger Vickery, Freshwater, NSW - Two Satans


            Kate Tongs, Rose Bay, Tasmania - Walking through Franklin Square


            Ben Walter, New Town, Tasmania - We Didn't Throw Rocks at the Birds

 


 

WINNERS: 2014 MARGOT MANCHESTER MEMORIAL S/S AWARD

Congratulations to all the entrants who have acheived a placing in the 2014 Margot Manchester Memorial Short Story Award, 2014.

We acknowledge the generous sponsorship of Peter Manchester, and thank the short story judge, Sally Odgers

 

First Prize $200.00:    

Janeen Samuel, Hamilton Victoria - Girl in a Garden

Second Prize $50.00:

Pauline Cleary, Echuca, Victoria - People Power


Highly Commended:    

Michael Hunt, Lismore NSW - Keeping An Eye Out for Barbara and Ron

Commended:   

Christine Johnson, Rozelle, NSW - A Piece of Fine Jade

Honorable Mention:  

Donna Lee Austin, West Hobart, Tasmania - Any Road

 Carmel Lillis, Yarraville, Victoria - A Greyhound Called Forgiveness

Finalists:  

Heather Webster, Langhorne Creek, SA - Peace by Piece

Erin Eiffe, Perth, Tasmania - Daughter, Daughter!

Vicky Daddo, Hazelwood South, Victoria - Water Lillies

Judy Rigby, Caroline Springs, Victoria - The Spider Orchid


 

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Marilyn | Reply 13.04.2016 10.56

How about some phone numbers on these pages?

SWWT Moderator | Reply 29.06.2015 12.17

TWO NEW COMPETITIONS LAUNCHED BY SWWT...

kathrine humpston | Reply 11.05.2015 14.47

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Sarah | Reply 24.02.2015 08.37

I'm finding it very hard to find contact and membership information from the web page - only info about the literary awards. There seems to be a closed loop.

SWWT MODERATOR 24.02.2015 19.22

Follow this link and scroll to the bottom of the page for a downloadable membership form, Sarah. Any questions, email swwtas@gmail.com... Cheers...

SWWT Moderator | Reply 19.02.2015 19.33

It's on again! The Launceston, Tasmania Literary Award, 2015 has been launched. Come along and see the details. Join in, write a short story...

SWWT Moderator | Reply 20.01.2015 01.50

Great News! Come and see who has won a place in the second Margot Manchester Memorial Short Story Award, and in the inaugural Robyn Mathison Annual Poetry Award

SWWT MODERATOR | Reply 14.01.2015 20.42

Click here for the latest SWWT news...

SWWT Moderator | Reply 20.12.2014 12.20

Important message for SWWT Launceston members! Our Launceston venue for meetings is no longer available. See swwtas.org for details...

Moderator | Reply 03.12.2014 11.42

I anticipate the RM award winners will be announced at the same time as the MM award winners, Anne. Thank you for your enquiry...

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26.05 | 00:31

Ah, Bonnie, as the SWWT focus is on the Alice Award this year the LTLA has been suspended. Thank you for your enquiry.

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25.05 | 23:29

Hello. When does the 2016 LTLA open for submissions? And how do I submit a story? Thank you so much in advance for your help.

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13.04 | 10:56

How about some phone numbers on these pages?

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02.11 | 10:14

Hello, Mark, the list of winning entries is posted here on the web page...

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