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Woollahra Digital Literary Award

The Woollahra Digital Literary Award is a new national literary award supporting innovation in Australian literature and publishing, encouraging writers producing work in a digital medium.

The award seeks submissions of a literary nature that are digitally born - published online or in electronic form.

Winners for 2017 Woollahra Digital Literary Award

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Woollahra Digital Literary Award, announced at Woollahra Library at Double Bay on Tuesday 27 June 2017.

2017 Winner: Non Fiction

Vanessa Berry, Excavating St Peters

Judges comments:
'Timely, political, historical, and lucid.'
'Vanessa Berry is an expert tour guide of a Sydney whose lost history is buried just beneath its shiny, new surfaces. In 'Excavating St Peters', Berry roams a misunderstood suburb, giving lyrical depictions of a kind of beauty that others might see as banal, and, in the meantime, gives a documentary-like take on political protests against over-development. This is nonfiction writing of the highest order.'

2017 Winner: Fiction

Melissa Bruce, Picnic at Mount Disappointment

Judges comments:
'A verse novel that charmed in a matter of stanzas. Surprising character development, witty and original observations, honest representation of a prickly teen trying to find her place between worlds. A very enjoyable read.'

Shortlist for 2017 Woollahra Digital Literary Award

Non Fiction Shortlist

Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Bad Writer

Vanessa Berry, Excavating St Peters

Sam George-Allen, I Put A Spell On You

Rory Kennett-Lister, Terrain: An Exploration in Two Parts

Suneeta Peres da Costa, A Home in Ananda and the World

Matthew Thompson, Night Swimming in Dungog

Fiction Shortlist

Tanya Bird, The Royal Companion

Melissa Bruce, Picnic at Mount Disappointment

Nick Earls, Gotham

Richard Tardif, The Washing Away of Blood

Ariella Van Luyn, Bulldozer

Danielle de Valera, Dropping Out: A Tree Change Novel-in-Stories

Sharon Willdin, Legacy of the Female Factory

Categories

The Woollahra Digital Literary Award offers a prize for Fiction published digitally in the first instance, and a prize for Non Fiction published digitally in the first instance.

Non Fiction ($3,000 prize)
A monograph, collection of essays or a long essay - published in the first instance online or in an electronic format that can be accessed on a computer, tablet or mobile device. 3,000-100,000 words.

Fiction ($3,000 prize)
A novel, novella or short story collection - published in the first instance online or in an electronic format that can be accessed on a computer, tablet or mobile device. 3,000-100,000 words.

Eligibility

The Woollahra Digital Literary Award is open to all Australian Residents aged 16 years and over, who have published work online in the first instance in last two years.

Submitted works must be available online as: .epub, .pbd, .mobi/azw, .ibooks or .pdf file from a known e-book vendor or platform (such as iBookstore, Google Play, Amazon, Bookworld, Kobo, Baker & Taylor or Overdrive), an article on a blog, online magazine or website that has an editorial selection process.

Entrants must provide a URL to the web location where digital work can be accessed as proof of publication. Only works that were published in a digital format in the first instance will be accepted for judging.

Check the conditions of entry and frequently asked questions.

Enquiries

For more information, please contact:
Events and Programs Coordinator
Woollahra Libraries
Telephone: 9391 7931
Email: dla@woollahra.nsw.gov.au

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