Ends on June 30, 2019

$30.00 AUD, $30.00 AUD

The Prize: Publication Pathway / Expert Mentoring 

Have you written a poetry collection, literary novel, short story collection, or a hybrid work that crosses genre boundaries? Enter the Australasian Association of Writing Programs’ (AAWP) ‘Chapter One’ competition for your chance to win. 

If you win you will receive—

  • a written appraisal of your work from an established literary author;
  •  a letter of recommendation to the University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP);
  • a $500 cash prize; and
  • fully subsidised conference fees to attend the annual conference of the AAWP (November 2019) where you will read from your work.    

This ‘tick of approval’ will see your manuscript assessed without delay. You will, effectively, leap to the top of the submissions pile. 

You will also receive fully subsidised conference fees to attend the annual conference of the AAWP (November 2019) where you will read from your work. 

If your full manuscript is as robust as ‘Chapter One’ you may secure a publishing contract with UWAP: http://uwap.uwa.edu.au 

Take advantage of this stunning opportunity. Fast track your writing journey in a fiercely competitive market. 

Conditions of Entry 

1. This competition is open to emerging writers. Emerging writers will not have a full-length, single-authored, commercially published, print publication in any genre. Emerging writers who have published in electronic format only, or who have published work in collections showcasing multiple authors, are eligible. 

2. ‘Emerging Writers’ may include writing students, research higher degree students, and research higher degree graduates and may also include submissions from writers beyond their graduation. Full-time academic employees are not eligible to enter. Submissions are welcome from emerging writers outside of the university setting.

3.  The AAWP ‘Chapter One’ Prize opens on 28 November 2018 and closes at midnight on 30 June 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted.   

4. Entries should not exceed 50 lines (poetry) or 5,000 words (prose). An extract from the subsequent chapter is permissible as long as the total submission adheres to the aforementioned guidelines. 

5. You must submit a 500-word synopsis with your submission. The synopsis should precede your submission and the work should be submitted as one Word document. 

6. The winner will be announced on the AAWP website no later than 30th September 2019. At this time the winner will submit a full manuscript, together with a 500-word synopsis. The manuscript should be formatted as follows — line spacing: 1.5, font size: 12 point, font: Times New Roman. 

7. ‘Chapter One’ is open to current members of the AAWP; if membership is not active prior to the entry being submitted, the entry is invalidated. To become a member, or update your membership, go to aawp.org.au

8. You may enter as many times as you wish. Subsequent entries incur a separate fee. 

9. Do not include your name anywhere on your entry. All judging is ‘blind’. Any entries with names on them will be disqualified. If an entry is disqualified no refund will be given. 

10. Entries may not be altered after they have been submitted. 

11. The AAWP reserves the right to disqualify any entry that breaches the rules. 

12. The judges' verdict is final. No correspondence or discussion. 

13. The manuscript must not be under assessment by another publisher for the duration of the competition. 

14. The submission may include work that has been published previously providing such publication does not breach the competition rules and as long as the author owns the copyright. 

Further details are available at aawp.org.au, under News (Opportunities) or Journals (Meniscus)