ACT Literary Awards

ACT Book of the Year (1993 + ) 

The ACT Government, through the ACT Arts Fund administered by artsACT, has offered an ACT Book of the Year award since 1993.

The ACT Book of the Year recognises quality contemporary Australian literary works including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. 

To be eligible for the ACT Book of the Year (1993-2013) the author must either reside in the ACT or strongly demonstrate an ACT literary practice, and the book must have been published in the calendar year preceding the year of nomination.

Winners of the ACT Book of the Year


ACT Poetry Prize (2003-2013) 

The ACT Government, through the ACT Arts Fund administered by artsACT, offered an ACT Poetry Prize from 2003 to 2013.  .

ACT Poetry Award 2013

The 2013 award was substantially altered from previous awards.  The prize for outstanding single poems of no more than 28 lines by ACT-based poets was valued at $5,000. The winning entrant received a prize of $3,000 and two short-listed poems will attracted a prize of $1,000 each.

Between 2005 and 2011 the prize was offered in four categories, three of which were open to non-ACT residents.  

  • The Rosemary Dobson Award for an unpublished poem by an Australian poet
  • The David Campbell Award for an unpublished poem of no more than 28 lines by an ACT poet
  • The Judith Wright Award for a published collection by an Australian poet
  • The Alec Bolton Award for an unpublished manuscript by an Australian poet

Winners and Shortlisted entries for the ACT Poetry Prize 2003-2012

 

ACT Creative Arts Fellowships (1995-2013)

The ACT Government, through the ACT Arts Fund administered by artsACT, offered Creative Arts Fellowships from 1995 until 2013. 

Recipients of ACT Creative Arts Fellowships.

 

ACT Book Reviewer of the Year (1993-1996)

The ACT Government awarded annual prizes to local reviewers from 1993 until about 1996.

Winners of the ACT Book Reviewer of the Year 


ACT Literary Award (1991-1995)

The ACT Government began awarding fellowships and grants for literary activities in 1991. 

This award recognised literary achievements of writers in the Canberra region offering an established writer a degree of financial independence to concentrat on developing new skills and works. It was succeeded by the ACT Creative Arts Fellowships in 1995.

 Winners and runners up for the ACT Literary Award 


ACT Writing and Publishing Awards (2004 + )

These awards recognise, reward and promote ACT-based writing and publishing. They are administered by the ACT Writers Centre

To be eligible, titles must have been published (or self-published) during the previous calendar year; made available for sale; and published in book form with an ISBN. Also, the writer and publisher must have been residing in the ACT or region at the time of publication and the publisher must have no more than five employees.

Winners of the ACT Writing and Publishing Awards


ACT Writers Centre Poetry Awards (2002? + )

The prize is awarded to an original, unpublished poem not exceeding 50 lines by an emerging writer who lives permanently within the ACT or region. The Award is administered by the ACT Writers Centre

Winning and highly commended poems are published in ACTWrite, the newsletter of the ACT Writers Centre and on the centre's website with the author's permission. Copies of ACTWrite are available at the ACT Heritage Library, shelf location H A 820.3 ACTW.

List of winners and some winning entries on the ACT Writers Centre website


ACT Writers Centre Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award (2001? + )

The Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story award is administered by the ACT Writers Centre. It was established by Don McInnis to commemorate the wife of his wife, Marjorie, a local short story writer who passed away on 25 September 1997.

List of winners, shortlist and text of some winning entries on the ACT Writers Centre website

 

ANUTECH Literary Prize (1993-1998?)


Canberra Critics Circle Award (1991 + )


Canberra Times / Commonwealth Bank Young Writers Competition


Canberra Times Pat Rappolt Memorial Prize


Fellowship of Australian Writers ACT Short Story Competition


Fellowship of Australian Writers ACT Writers Competition


Ginninderra Press Short Story Competition (2000-2005)

Canberra based independent publisher, the Ginninderra Press, organises an annual short story competition for adults. A different theme is selected each year. Winning and short listed entries are published in an anthology.

 List of Anthologies and the names of winning and shortlisted entries


Ginninderra Press Short Story Competition for Children (2002-2006)

Canberra based independent publisher, the Ginninderra Press, organises an annual short story competition for children aged 8-12 years. A different theme is selected each year. Winning and short listed entries are published in an anthology.

List of Anthologies and the names of winning and shortlisted entries.


Lu Rees Fellowship (2001 + ?)

Julie Bradley won the inaugural fellowship in 2001. She is a children's book illustrator.


MUSE / University of Canberra Review Competition


Marian Eldridge Award (1998-2009)

Marian Eldridge made a lasting and important contribution to Australian literature. As well as publishing three books of short stories, a novel and poems to critical acclaim, she was also well known in the Canberra and Australian literary world for her talks and readings, her book reviews, and her work in adult education. She was the first ACT literature co-ordinator and had a major role in establishing the ACT Writers Centre.

Administered by the National Foundation of Australian Women, the NFAW Donor Fund makes a grant annually to an aspiring woman writer for the purposes of professional development. The first four awards were restricted to promising female writers from the ACT or NSW. In its fifth year, the award was expanded to encompass applications from across Australia

Recipients of the award:

Sarah St Vincent Welch (1998)
Julie Simpson (1999)
Rose de Angelis (2000)
Elanna Herbert (2001)
Annah Faulkner (2002/2003)
Caroline Lee (2005)
Nina Cullen (2006)
Glenys Osborne (2007)
Jennifer Mills (2008)

The final award will be made on 8 November 2009 at Gorman House in Canberra.


University of Canberra National Short Story Competition

 

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize (2014 + )

The University of Canberra has established an international poetry prize. On behalf of the university, this is administered by the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI), part of the Donald Horne Institute's Centre for Creative and Cultural Research in the Faculty of Arts and Design.

The prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere in the world, and its ongoing and often seminal importance to world literatures. It marks the University of Canberra’s commitment to creativity and imagination in all that it does, and builds on the work of the International Poetry Studies Institute in identifying poetry as a highly resilient and sophisticated human activity. It also builds on the activities of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, which conducts wide-ranging research into human creativity and culture.

The University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize will be offered for the first time in 2014, the prize to be announced on 30 September 2014.

  • The winner will receive $15,000
  • The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive $5,000
  • Four additional poems will be short-listed
  • All poems entered for the prize will be single poems that have a maximum length of 50 lines