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Woollahra 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.

Applications are now open and close 11 March 2019. A shortlist will be announced on 10 May 2019 and the winner named on Thursday 30 May 2019.

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Categories and prizes

The Woollahra Digital Literary Award offers a Non Fiction, Fiction and Poetry prize for works 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.

Poetry ($1,000 prize)
Works of poetry published in the first instance online or in an electronic format that can be accessed on a computer, tablet or mobile device. The maximum word count is 3,000 words, or 100 lines, whichever is greater. There is no minimum word count.

Key dates

  • Entries open: Monday 17 December 2018
  • Entries close: Monday 11 March 2019
  • Shortlist announced: Friday 10 May 2019
  • Winners announced: Thursday 30 May 2019

Judges

Meet our judges for the 2019 Award.

Sam Twyford-Moore

Sam Twyford-Moore
Sam is the author of The Rapids: Ways of Looking at Mania, which was released in 2018 by NewSouth and named one of the Sydney Morning Herald's best books of the year.

He is the founding host of The Rereaders, a fortnightly literary and cultural podcast and is a former Festival Director and CEO of the Emerging Writers' Festival from 2012 until 2015, during which time he launched the Digital Writers' Festival.

Stephen Pham

Stephen Pham
Stephen is a Vietnamese-Australian writer from Cabramatta. He has been published in Sydney Review of Books, Meanjin, and Griffith Review.

Stephen received the 2018 NSW Writer's Fellowship to commence work on his debut manuscript Vietnamatta.

Pip Smith

Pip Smith
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.

Pip is a SMH Best Young Novelist of 2018. Her debut novel Half Wild (A&U, 2017) was recently shortlisted for the 2018 Voss Literary Award. 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 (2011). She 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.

Eligibility

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 poetry 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 working URL. 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.

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 housed online behind a paywall, please help us to access and 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

Begin your online entry

Past winners

Find out who our past winners were, including judges comments and shortlisted entries.

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Events and Programs Coordinator
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Telephone: 9391 7994
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