Feminartsy Memoir Prize 2018

We are very excited to open entries to the Feminartsy Memoir Prize for women writers. Following a successful prize in 2017, we have decided to narrow our focus to memoir, to further support the sharing of women’s lived experiences through storytelling.

Entries are now open for pieces of up to 1,500 words. Please see comprehensive eligibility requirements below.

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


  • 1st place – $600 + a book prize pack from Muse Canberra
  • Highly commended – $300 + a book prize pack from Muse Canberra

All place winners will have their work published in Feminartsy.

Our Judges

Final Judge – Zoya Patel

Zoya founded Feminartsy in 2014, following four years as Editor-In-Chief of Lip Magazine.  Zoya was Highly Commended in the Scribe Publishing Non-Fiction Prize 2015, was the 2014 recipient of the Anne Edgeworth Young Writers’ Fellowship, and was named the 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year. Her debut book, No Country Woman will be released through Hachette in August 2018. @zoyajpatel

Shortlisting Judges

Camilla Patini – Co-Managing Editor of Feminartsy

Camilla Patini is a Masters student at the the University of Sydney. She has a First Class Honours degree in English Literature from the Australian National University. She has edited for Express Media, Scissors Paper Pen and Demos Journal. Her work has been published in Verity La, rip publishing, Purple Sneakers and Bossy, among others. @camillapatini

Gemma Killen – Co-Managing Editor of Feminartsy

Gemma Killen is a PhD candidate in Sociology and teaches Gender Studies at the Australian National University. In 2015, she moved to Canberra from Adelaide where she wrote for the Adelaide University magazine OnDit. In 2016, she was a writer in residence for Feminartsy. Her words have also been published in Wet Ink and Autostraddle. Outside of writing, her interests include cats, queers and various crafts.

Eligibility Requirements & Terms and Conditions

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.

  • Writers identifying as women, intersex or non-gender binary are eligible for entry.
  • Writers who do not identify as the above are not 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, email your entry clearly marked as ‘Entry for Memoir prize’ to editor.feminartsy@gmail.com. Please include the following in your email:

  • Your name
  • Email address
  • Contact phone number

Entries close midnight August 31 2018.

Happy writing!

Proudly supported by Muse Canberra