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The next meeting of the Society of Women Writers, Tasmania, will be held on Monday, July 1, 2019, Launceston Library, Level 2, Room 1, 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.


Our homework for the next meeting is: write a book review of up to 650 words about a novel we are reading at the present moment. If you cannot attend, you can still email a story or poem to me, and it will be read out during the meeting.


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










Hello everyone,

As Mary was unavailable I chaired the last meeting of the Society held in Launceston on Monday June 3. We had a short grammar exercise followed by a welcome to our new member, Carolyn. Our guest speaker, Ester Campion, from Port Sorell spoke about encouraging prospective authors to keep writing and not fear rejection, as she feels you can learn from the feedback that comes with the rejection slip. A fuller write up on Ester and her writing will be published in the next edition of Stylus. Finally, to my delight, I won the raffle of the day! 


This may be of interest to members who live in the North of Tasmania.

STORIES BOOKSHOP would like to invite you to join them at their bookshop in Launceston on Saturday 10th August 2019 for Love Your Bookshop Day.

Their ambition is to engage the local community with local writers, help the writers to become more known, and sell books for those writers. It’s their way of demonstrating the importance of local booksellers in developing community links. They are setting up a program of writers to talk about their books and expect that the audience will come and go as they wish, perhaps timing their visit to listen to the sorts of authors they are interested in. They intend to run some competitions and otherwise engage the public to make the day as attractive as possible.

Tea, coffee and snacks will be available for the general public (and authors!) on the day. Stories would like to help in whatever way they can to have books by Tasmanian authors find a wider audience.

Please feel free to pass this information along to other people who have published books in the North. Just ask them to contact Stories Bookshop Launceston for further details.


MEMBERSHIP FEES: A brief reminder that the membership fee for the next year is due on the 1st of July. You can find details for payment in the last edition of Stylus.


SHORT STORY COMPETITION: If you would like to enter our short story competition, entries close on the 31st of July. Full information is available on our website,


HOMEWORK: write a book review of up to 650 words about a novel we are reading at the present moment.

Please note the homework for July, as everyone can send homework to be read at the meeting if you cannot attend.


The next meeting of the Society will be held in the Launceston Library, July 1, Level 2, Room 1 - 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Gold coin donation, tea and coffee available.


Bye for now,









Word count between 1200 - 1500 words

The theme is ‘Earth.’

FIRST PRIZE: $200.00


Plus Highly Commended and Commended Certificates.

CLOSING DATE: 31st July 2019

This competition is open to all short story writers.



This competition is for original, previously unpublished short stories written in English.

Entries close on the 31st July 2019

Entry fee: $10.00 for up to two entries.

Theme: ‘Earth’.

Word Count:  between 1200 - 1500 words.

Type on A4 paper with 1.5 spacing, using 12pt Arial or Times Fonts. Indent paragraphs, except for the first paragraph. Do not double space between paragraphs.

On a separate sheet including the title of the story, word count, and your contact details, (name, address, email, and telephone number.) Send as a Word document, not as a PDF.

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

Email your entry/s and personal details sheet as separate attachment/s) to:

In the subject line of the email, please put SWWT short story competition. 


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 SWWT short story or SWWT S/S appear in the deposit line.







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






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.




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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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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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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