The Woollahra Digital Literary Award is a 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.
Entries for the 2018 Award are now closed.
The Woollahra Digital Literary Award offers three prizes for writing 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. 3,000-80,000 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. 3,000-80,000 words.
Flash and Short Fiction ($1,000 prize)
Short form fiction, published in the first instance online or in an electronic format that can be accessed on a computer, tablet or mobile device. 100-3,000 words.
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), or as an article, essay or piece of short fiction available on a blog, online magazine or website that has an editorial selection process.
Please note: Entrants must provide a URL to the web location where digital work can be accessed as proof of publication. It is the responsibility of each entrant to provide a live URL. Only works that were published in a digital format in the first instance will be accepted for judging.
Meet our judges for the 2018 Award.
Sam is the Director and CEO of the Melbourne Agency and the founding host of The Rereaders, a fortnightly literary and cultural podcast.
His debut book, The Rapids: Ways of Looking at Mania, will be released in 2018 (NewSouth). Sam was the Festival Director and CEO of the Emerging Writers’ Festival from 2012 until 2015, during which time he launched the Digital Writers’ Festival.
Pip is a writer of songs, poems and stories. Her first poetry collection, Too Close for Comfort (SUP), won the Helen Ann Bell Award in 2013. Her first novel, Half Wild(Allen & Unwin) was published in 2017.
She ran the monthly writing event Penguin Plays Rough, for which she published and edited the multimedia anthology, The Penguin Plays Rough Book of Short Stories. Pip was a Faber Academy Writing a Novel scholarship recipient, has been a co-director of the National Young Writers' Festival, and holds a doctorate in creative arts from Western Sydney University.
Julie is the author of two short-story collections: Capital Misfits and Portable Curiosities. The latter was shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Literary Awards, and the UTS Glenda Adams Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Julie was named a 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist. Her short stories have appeared in places including The Best Australian Stories (2014–2017) and Best Australian Comedy Writing. She is the editor of BooksActually’s Gold Standard, a founding member of Kanganoulipo, and a 2018 Stella Prize judge.
Find out who our past winners were, including judges comments and shortlisted entries.
For more information, please contact:
Events and Programs Coordinator
Telephone: 9391 7931
All entries must be submitted via our online entry form, and include a link to a URL where the work can be accessed at no cost. If your submitted work is only available via a paywall (eg via an ebook vendor), please provide a version of your work for judging in a PDF format via our online entry form.
For judging, if your work is not available online at no cost, please help us to read your submission easily by formatting an electronic document as an A4 double spaced PDF in 12 point font with a page number on each page.
Please ensure PDF filenames include the name of the author and the title of the work.
Example: Woollahra Digital Literary Award NAME TITLE.pdf