The 2018 Dorothy Hewett Award is now closed. Shortlisted entrants will be announced Wednesday 15 November 2017, and the award will be announced at a special event at the Perth Writers Festival 2018.


The Dorothy Hewett Award was established in 2015 by UWA Publishing. The aim of the Dorothy Hewett Award is to support literary talent both in and related to Western Australia, and to celebrate the life and writing of an Australian radical writer. The award is an annual fixture designed to be a catalyst for writers beginning or furthering their professional writing careers. The award is funded by The Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund, and our media partner is The Monthly


Dorothy Hewett (1923-2002) is considered one of Australia’s leading writers whose work captures and disrupts ideas of normalcy in twentieth century Australian culture. As a staunch feminist and, for a long time, a communist, Hewett 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 judges' for the 2018 award are Terri-ann White, Director UWA Publishing; Lucy Dougan, poet and niece of Dorothy Hewett; and James Ley, author and contributing editor of Sydney Review of Books. 


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