The writingWA Awards for emerging writers based in regional WA consist of two individual annual prizes: The Curtin University Prize for Fiction and the State Library of Western Australia Prize for WA History. Each prize offers $6000 of professional development support in the form of mentoring and editorial guidance.
The 2014 writingWA Awards have produced some unexpected but exciting results. In a first for these Awards, each category has produced not one, but two winners.
In judging the 2014 Curtin University Prize for Fiction, authors David Whish-Wilson and Susan Midalia selected a clear winner from the submissions received, with Doreen Hill of Mandurah receiving the prize for her manuscript In the Den. Doreen is now being mentored by established author Ken Spillman.
However, the judges were also highly impressed by a second manuscript, Planet Happiness, by Jamie Ablett of Denmark. Encouraged by the judges’ view that this manuscript also showed great potential, writingWA has been able to secure the pro bono services of publishing professional Sophie Hamley. We are delighted that Hamley, who is currently Publisher of Non-Fiction with Hachette Australia and has many years of experience working with authors across all genres, has generously agreed to mentor Ablett in a private capacity.
In another unexpected result from the 2014 Awards, the State Library of WA Prize for WA History will be shared between two aspiring writers. Lesley James of Kununurra and Ann Grylls of Trayning were judged equally worthy of support and will each receive professional guidance as they research and develop their distinct local histories.
writingWA and our Award partners, Curtin University and the State Library of Western Australia, congratulate each of the four winners of the 2014 writingWA Awards and wish them great outcomes from the mentoring process.