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What does published online or in digital format mean?

For the purposes of The Woollahra Digital Literary Award, published in an online or digital format means: readily available for access or download as:

  • an .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 with an editorial selection process.

What is an editorial selection process?

Unfortunately, for this award you cannot enter work that has been published on your own blog or website. If you have submitted work to a blog, online magazine or website run by an individual or group who makes careful and considered decisions about what work is published, your entry will be eligible for judging. All URLs submitted will be checked to ensure that blogs, online magazines and websites have a listed editor or submission guidelines.

Why is an editorial selection process required for magazine and blog articles or a page on a website?

As we are increasingly living in a digital world in which quality writing exists online, we wanted writing that has not yet been published as an e-book to be eligible for judging. By including as an eligibility requirement that such publications must have been reviewed and selected through an editorial selection process, we are ensuring a professional and quality level of digital writing for judging.

My work is self published, can I enter this award?

Unfortunately, for this award you cannot enter work that has been published on your own blog or website. However, self-published works will be accepted if they have been published in the first instance in e-book form, and are readily available for digital download on a known platform (such as iBookstore, Google Play, Amazon, Bookworld, Kobo, Baker & Taylor or Overdrive).

Why are works of flash fiction, short fiction and novels judged in the same category?

Works will be judged on the basis of how their form is used and priority will be given to works featuring innovations in digital storytelling.

What is a URL?

A URL, or Universal Resource Locator, is the web address where a resource or webpage can be found online.

Why do I need to provide a URL to where my work is published?

In order to prove that your work has been published online, we need to be able to check where and when your work was made available to access or download.

Does the website where my writing is published need to be Australian?

No, you must be an Australian resident to enter The Woollahra Digital Literary Award, but your work may be published on a website or platform hosted in any country.

If this work is published online, why do I need to provide my work separately in a double-spaced, 12 point font, page numbered PDF format?

For ease of judging, and to allow entries to be judged in a fair and consistent fashion, all works will be read by judged in the same format (e.g. double spaced, consistent font size). By providing a copy of your work for judging you also allow access to you work without a need to purchase a copy of your e-book (for those entries published on an online e-book platform for purchase).