The 2018 competition is now closed.

Thank you for your entries.


​The finalists will be published on this page in March.

​Join us for both the prize ceremony and an In Conversation session with competition judge, Ryan O’Neill

on the eve of the Newcastle Writers Festival ​at 5.30pm, 6th April, 2018 at ​City Hall



1st Prize

Awarded by The University of Newcastle


2nd Prize

Awarded by Newcastle Law Society


3rd Prize

Awarded by Westfield


Highly Commended

Awarded by Foghorn Brewhouse


Highly Commended

Awarded by MacLean's Booksellers



Awarded by Elliot Watson Financial Planning



Awarded by Dymocks Charlestown

Local Awards

$120 Voucher

Local Award

Awarded by Macquariedale Organic Wines

A case of wine

Local Award

Awarded by Tamburlaine Organic Wines

6 wines valued at ($120)

Local Award

Awarded by Pepper Tree Wines

$100 Cellar Door Voucher

Local Award

Awarded by Tulloch Wines

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