Literary Awards are Important

National Literary Awards Dates

FAWVic is working toward setting each of the FAW National Literary Awards to a specific date during the year and will be publicised as they become available. The task is challenging in many ways, one being the many hours of work needed to manage each award. We need to ensure the money is available to cover the cost of prizes and the ability to promote each award. Building this program is a focus for FAWVic and we appreciate the support from people who enter the awards.

We will list each award with closing dates so submitters can plan ahead. Also, where possible, we will accept work in PDF only to eliminate the high cost of printing and postage for each entry. This also means writers might be able to enter more of their work.

Awards’ Prize Money

Money generated from award entries, donations, and sponsorships is strictly earmarked for the national awards account and all work administering the awards is voluntary.

We appreciate sponsorship arrangements and donations to go towards individual awards or spread across all awards.

Donations will be put towards higher prize money being offered. It is better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all. But please do not let us fail.


We need assistance with the National Literary Awards program and would be pleased to hear from people interested in helping, even for a particular award.

Davitts Book Award

Sisters in Crime Australia’s 19th Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women are now open.

Publishers have until Friday 3 May to enter. Self-published books are again eligible.

To enter the Davitts, publishers should contact Carmel Shute, Sisters in Crime, National Co-convenor ASAP on,au and get books to the judges before 3 May. Enquiries: 0412 569 356

State Library Fellowships

Fellowships are available from the Victorian State Library for Children’s Literature Fellowship with $15,000 support.
Emerging Writer’s Fellowship for $5000.
Redmond Barry Fellowship for $20,000.

Closing date 28 April 2019.
Information from Emily Wade 03 8664 7525.