Digital Literary Award
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.
Categories and prizes
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.
- Entries open: Monday 11 December 2017
- Entries close: Monday 12 March 2018
- Winners announced: Friday 1 June 2018
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.
The Woollahra Digital Literary Award was 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.
How to enter
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
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
Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 Woollahra Digital Literary Award, announced at Woollahra Library at Double Bay on Thursday 31 May 2018.
2018 Winner: Non Fiction
Eloise Grills, Diary of a Post-Teenage Girl
‘Eloise Grills’ series of graphic journal entries for Scum Magazine, published over a twelve-month period, thrive on digital intimacies expressed through a combination of comic art and social media screen shots. Grills is a master of both the visual form and narrative memoir. Her confessions – and they are confessions – are heartfelt and honest. Grills effectively explores demanding contemporary medical practices, alongside the comfort and complexity to be found in relationships. Her diarised contemplations – pushing the personal essay form to its limits – are equally internal and outward looking, engaging with how to live, and develop as an individual, in a busy, chaotic time.’
2018 Winner: Fiction
Stephen Wright, A Second Life
‘Reading Second Life is like watching yourself be dreamed by another. The landscapes of this novella are familiar but disjointed, jumbled, and heavy with surplus associative meaning. The protagonist is, oddly and inexplicably, a real New York punk writer and artist exhumed and given new life in a northern NSW village. In Second Life Wright explores the liminal space between sleeping and waking; fiction writing, memory and dreaming. This novella is like no other I have encountered, though at a stretch it is slightly reminiscent of Ben Lerner’s 10:04, in that at the deep heart of the novella, the protagonist is displaced and renamed; another dreamlike version of herself. Second Life is also reminiscent of Twin Peaks, in that it abides by no logic other than the logic of dreams. Second Life offers a challenging but rewarding reading experience; rich with philosophical insight and magical lyrical turns.’
2018 Winner: Short Fiction
Jane Rawson, Lake
‘In this seamless and masterfully concise horror story, a woman finds herself living at the bottom of a lake. Cleverly playing with the device of the double, Rawson takes a bold premise to satisfying extremes.’
To mitigate a conflict of interest, the Short Fiction winner was unanimously selected by all three judges.
The judges of the 2018 Woollahra Digital Literary Award selected the following shortlist of 14 entries, out of 99 entries received:
- Ria Andriani, Seeing Through Perspective: A Blind Tourist’s Guide to Art, Overland
- David Carlin, Lyrebirds in the Impasse, Sydney Review of Books
- Shu-Ling Chua, Through the Looking Glass, Meanjin
- Alex Griffin, Brown Cardigan McGuires You: Mainstream Memelords, The Libertarian Laugh, and How to End Things With a Joke, Not a Whimper, The Lifted Brow
- Eloise Grills, Diary of a Post-Teenage Girl - Scum Magazine
- Jennifer Mills, Seventy-Two Transformations - Sydney Review of Books
- Vince Ruston, We Really Need You Tonight, Kill Your Darlings
- Fiona Wright, Perhaps This Will Be My Last Sharehouse - Sydney Review of Books
- Kate Simonian, Le Problem Being, Chicago Tribune
- Lachlan Walter, The Rain Never Came, Amazon ebook
- Stephen Wright, A Second Life, Brio ebook
Flash and Short Fiction