Western Australian poet Julie Watts has won the 2018 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript for her poetry collection 'Legacy'.
Julie wins a $10,000 cash prize and a publishing contract with UWA Publishing. 'Legacy' will be published under UWA Publishing's poetry imprint, UWAP Poetry, in October 2018.
The Award was announced at a ceremony held as part of Perth Writers Week in its new home in UWA's University Club. The Dorothy Hewett Award is funded by the Copyright Agency and supported by media partner The Monthly.
The 2019 Dorothy Hewett Award, which will open for submissions in May, has one key change: it will not require manuscripts to be connected to Western Australia, as has been the case since its establishment in 2015. UWA Publishing Director Terri-ann White says she is excited to open up the award to all Australian writers working in the fields of fiction, creative-non fiction and poetry as part of the evolution of the award as an important talent-spotter.