Society of Women Writers, Tasmania, Inc










Valé Anne Wilde





Members please note, due to a public holiday, the next meeting will be held on the SECOND Monday of November, 2019, Launceston Library, Level 2, Room 1, 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Homework: A Point Of View Exercise: choose a fairy tale and write the story from the point of view of another character in the story.  750 words or a short poem

For further details contact

Gold coin donation, raffle, tea and coffee. All welcome.





Congratulations to the incoming committee for 2019-2020 - and congratulations to the winners in the inaugural Rose Frankcombe Short Story Competition Rose Award. Well done all writers. Scroll down for winners list.

If you cannot attend our October 7 meeting, why don't you send in a copy of your homework and have it read out at the meeting. 750 words s/s or a short poem (see meeting details above).

The next issue of our newsletter, Stylus, will be out during the first week in October. I am sending out a plea for more short stories and poems. Theme:open. You can email them to me at

The Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize is still open. See entry details below.

Bye for now,






Rose Frankcombe Short Story Competition Rose Award

Judged by Sally Odgers



Earth Hour, Janice Williams, Stawell, VIC



A Patch of Earth, Annabel Larkey, Sandy Bay, TAS


Highly Commended:  

Seeking Paradise, Kerrin O’Sullivan, Middle     Park, VIC



Earth to Earth, Christine Johnson, Rozelle, NSW



Matchboxes, Jackie Mohr, Bellingen, NSW


Congratulations from the Society of Women Writers, Tasmania





The Society of Women Writers Tasmania present





Theme: Earth



FIRST PRIZE:   $200.00

SECOND PRIZE:   $50.00



CLOSING DATE: 30th November 2019


The competition is open to all poets.

Further information is available on our

Or email the Competition Secretary at:




This competition is for original, previously unpublished poetry.

Entries close on the 30th November 2019

Entry fee: $10.00 for up to two entries

Theme: Earth

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. 




Hello everyone,
We will hold the next general meeting on Monday, 5th August at 10.00 a.m. 

Graeme Whittle, writer, illustrator and artist, will be our guest speaker at 11.00.  The subjects will be his greyhounds books plus other books from the nineties. As an artist, Graeme won the Tasmanian Art Award in 2012, Best Watercolour – Tasmanian Art Award 2009 & 2016, People’s Choice Award–Bay of Fires Art Prize 2014 & People’s Choice Award at the Tasmanian Art Award 2015. As well as being a finalist in the John Glover Art Prize 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015 & 2017.     

We will hold a short committee meeting at 12 o'clock after the general meeting.    

From Carol Patterson: I'm launching my newly published book of short stories, State of the Heart on Sunday, July 24 at 3265 South Arm Road, South Arm 2-4pm with readings, wine and duck soup, all welcome.   

From Yvonne Gluyas re the poetry slam heats and finals 2019: Heats are on Tuesday August 6th 8.00 p.m. - 10.00 p.m. Finals Saturday August 31st  7.00 p.m. - 10.00 p.m. Ring Yvonne on 0413321834 for more info as to where etc.

A reminder that the membership fees for 2019/20 are now due. Payment details are in the June/July Stylus newsletter.             

I would love more stories or poem for the August/September edition of Stylus. Please email them to me by Wednesday, 31 July. 

Bye for now,
Secretary Wendy





1st place - Rose Frankcombe, TAS - 'Miss Havisham Calls'

2nd place - Helen Thurloe, NSW - 'Yellow Monday'

3rd place - Marilyn Humbert, NSW - 'spinning earth'


Highly Commended certificates were awarded to the following poets"

Helen Swain, TAS

Roger Vickery, NSW

Fran Graham, WA

Sylvia Hardy, NSW

Susan Lee Mason, VIC

Stephen House, SA

BJ North, TAS

David Terelinck, QLD


Thank you to everyone who entered the competition.  

Details regarding our 2019 Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize will be on the website later in the year.




 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
See top of page 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.




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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Vi Liscombe | Reply 11.02.2019 14.28

Wonderful to see Sally Rogers with her 2018 Alice award.
Congratulations Sally and so very well deserved. 🌹

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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This one is interesting for me

25.02 | 17:05

Your good knowledge and kindness in playing with all the pieces were very useful. I don’t know what I would have done if I had not encountered such a step like

11.02 | 14:28

Wonderful to see Sally Rogers with her 2018 Alice award.
Congratulations Sally and so very well deserved. 🌹

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?

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