Dorothy Hewett (1923-2002) is considered one of Australia’s most important writers whose work challenged the norms of twentieth century Australian culture. As a writer, Hewett made her mark as a poet, playwright, novelist, short-story writer memoirist and staunch activist, Hewett’s life and work gave voice to the marginalised. In 1986, Hewett was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her services to literature. Hewett won the Western Australian Premier’s Poetry Award in 1994 and 1995 for her collections Peninsula and Collected Poems: 1940-1995.

The Dorothy Hewett Award is open to all writers who have completed a manuscript and are seeking publication. The work must be fiction, narrative nonfiction or poetry, inclusive of hybrid genres such as verse novels or memoir. The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, courtesy of Copyright Agency, and will be offered a publishing contract by UWA Publishing. The 2020 Award winner was Karen Wyld’s debut novel, Where the Fruit Falls. The inaugural winner, Extinctions by Josephine Wilson, went on to win the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

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The Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript Award judges for 2021 are as follows:




Tony Hughes-d’Aeth

Tony Hughes-d'Aeth is the Chair of Australian Literature at the University of Western Australia and the Director of the Westerly Centre. His research has a particular focus on literature and the environment. His book Like Nothing on this Earth: A Literary History of the Wheatbelt (UWA Publishing, 2018) won the Walter McRae Russell Prize for best work of Australian literary criticism in 2019. His first book Paper Nation: The Story of the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, 1886-1888 (Melbourne UP, 2001), won the Ernest Scott and WK Hancock prizes for Australian history.




Leni Shilton

Leni Shilton is a poet, teacher and researcher. She grew up in Papua New Guinea and Melbourne and has lived in Alice Springs for over thirty years. She has a PhD in creative writing. Her writing is published in journals and anthologies in Australia and internationally, including Cordite, Borderlands, Plumwood Mountain, Communion, and The Disappearing. She has published two verse novels with UWA Publishing, Walking with Camels in 2018, and Malcolm in 2019. Leni was a judge of the 2020 Stella Prize. Walking with Camels won the 2020 NT Chief Ministers Book Award.


Will Yeoman

Before joining the West Australian’s Travel team, Will Yeoman was Literary Editor and Senior Arts Writer at the same newspaper. He is a former director of Perth Festival Writers Week and New Norcia Writers Festival, and writes classical music reviews for such publications as Limelight, Gramophone (UK) and Australian Book Review.


Eleanor Hurt

Eleanor moved from New South Wales to Western Australia in 2019 to join the team at UWA Publishing. She was previously a buyer for Dymocks Books and studied Australian Literature at The University of Sydney. Eleanor spends her spare time reading in the sun and volunteering at her Surf Life Saving club in Perth.