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Awards to focus on local writers

ACT Writers (formerly the ACT Writers’ Centre) has opened submissions for the 2021 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards, as well as for a suite of named family awards administered by the organisation.

The 2021 awards are open to books published in the prior year, 2020, in the categories of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and children’s books. This year’s focus is on ACT region authors whose works have been self-published, or published by a small publisher.

ACT Writers also administers a range of family-funded awards: The Anne Edgeworth Emerging Writer’s Fellowship; the June Shenfield Poetry Award; and the Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award.

“We’re grateful to have these long-standing collaborations administering awards in memoriam of some wonderfully innovative and passionate Canberra writers,” says CEO of ACT Writers, Meg Wilson.

“These awards are full of heart and fuelled by the desire to give back. They offer practical recognition, as well as financially investing in writers that may be at the earlier stage of their path, working towards expanding their portfolio or striving for publication.”

A shortlist for the ACT Writing and Publishing Awards will be released later in the year. Winners will be announced at the ACT Writers end-of-year awards evening, covid-permitting.

Applications for the ACT Writing and Publishing Awards close on COB Friday, August 27, while entries for the June Shenfield Poetry Awards close on Sunday, August 29 and entries for the Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award close on Monday, August 30, on which date applications for the Anne Edgeworth Emerging Writer’s Fellowship open.

Details of application process here.

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