Feminartsy Fiction & Memoir Prize 2017

We are very excited to open entries to our inaugural Feminartsy Fiction & Memoir Prize for women writers.

Entries are now open in the categories of memoir or fiction for pieces of up to 1,500 words that tell women’s stories. There is no genre restriction, and eligibility requirements are below.

This prize is supported by Muse Canberra as our Prize Partner.

A winner in each category will receive prize money of $400, and a Highly Commended entry in each category will receive a book prize pack from Muse Canberra. All place winners will have their work published in Feminartsy.

Entry is by a fee of $10, which will go directly towards the prize money for winning entries. Any additional funds will be directed to paying writers for their work published on Feminartsy. (Feminartsy is published under Coconut Media, a registered not-for-profit organisation).

Our Judges

Biff Ward – Memoir Prize

Biff Ward is author of the award-winning memoir In My Mother’s Hands (2014), which was short-listed for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards for Non-fiction 2016; short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Douglas Stewart Award for Non-fiction 2015; long-listed for The Stella Prize 2015; and awarded a Canberra Critics’ Circle Award for 2014. Biff is also the author of the seminal feminist book Father-Daughter Rape, and is currently working on a memoir about her relationship to the Vietnam War.

Robyn Cadwallader – Fiction Prize

Robyn Cadwallader is a writer and editor who lives among vineyards in the country outside Canberra.  She has published poems, prize-winning short stories & reviews, a non-fiction book about virginity and female agency in the Middle Ages (2008), a poetry collection, i painted unafraid(2010), & an edited collection of essays on asylum seeker policy, We Are Better Than This (2015). Her first novel, The Anchoress (2015), was published in Australia, UK, US and France; it won a Canberra Critics Award and was shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards, the Adelaide Festival Literary Awards, and longlisted for the ABIA Awards.

Eligibility Requirements & Terms and Conditions

Memoir: For the purpose of this prize, ‘memoir’ is defined as a personal essay or piece of creative non-fiction that is based in the author’s personal experience.

Fiction: For the purpose of this prize, short stories only will be considered in the fiction category. No chapters or excerpts from longer pieces, or poetry will be considered.

  • Writers identifying as women, intersex or non-gender binary are eligible for entry.
  • Writers who do not identify as the above are no eligible.
  • Writers must be Australian residents to enter.
  • Pieces must be 1,500 words or under. Pieces of over this length will not be considered.
  • Entries must be submitted in a single document (Word or PDF), with page numbers and the entry title on each page.
  • Entries must be the original work of the author submitting.
  • The writer’s name must not be included on the entry, only in your email submission
  • Entries which have been published elsewhere, in full or part, will not be considered.
  • Entries which have received another award will not be considered.

Enter now!

To enter the prize, first register via Eventbrite to pay your entry fee here.

Then, email your entry clearly marked as ‘Entry for Fiction/Memoir prize’ to editor.feminartsy@gmail.com. Please include the following in your email:

  • Your name
  • Email address
  • Contact phone number in your email
  • Eventbrite order number.

Entries close midnight April 21 2017.

Happy writing!

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