Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writers Award

The application period has now closed. Thank you to all who submitted. The Winner will be announced at the opening event of the Hobart Writers Festival on the 13th of September.  If you would like to join us, tickets are available here.

Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writer Award 2019

This years’ theme is: My Tasmanian Landscape and the judges are inaugral 2017 winner Adam Thompson, Jillian Mundy and Theresa Sainty.

The award is:

  • Open to Tasmanian Aboriginal writers of 16 years and older
  • Eligible applicants will not identify as a professional or established writer, or have had more than one full-length work* published by a third-party publisher or produced by a professional theatre company.
  • Entries need to address the theme: My Tasmanian Landscape
  • Entries can be: a selection of poems or songs, a selection of short fiction or non-fiction (essay, autobiographical or biographical work), an excerpt from a play, illustrated stories, etc. Your entry must be approximately 2,000 – 2,500 words for prose or scripts or 80-100 lines of poetry or song lyrics.
  • Applicants may submit one entry only.

Prize money of $1,000 will be awarded at the discretion of the judges as well as a membership to the TasWriters. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the judges’ final decisions.

The 2019 ETAWA will be presented at the Hobart Writers Festival in September.

Download the entry form here.


Entries close 5pm on the 28th of August.

Inaugural Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writers Award 2017

TheTasWriters (then the Tasmanian Writers Centre) was delighted to announce Launceston-based writer Adam Thompson as the winner of the inaugural Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writers Award (ETAWA) in 2017.

The award was presented at Hobart’s Theatre Royal, at the opening event of the 2017 Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival and Hidden Stories program.

Respected Tasmanian Aboriginal writer, puralia meenamatta (Jim Everett), presented Adam with the award for his short story, Sonny. Adam will received prize money and professional support via membership of the Tasmanian Writers Centre.

Adam is a pakana (Tasmanian Aboriginal) man with a passion for telling stories about Aboriginal themes and characters. He has worked for the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre for 15 years and has a sound knowledge of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community and the issues that are important to Tasmanian Aboriginal people. Earlier in the year, Adam received a Tasmanian Government Aboriginal Arts grant to produce a compilation of short stories under the guidance of a mentor. He has also been co-writing a short-form comedy series for television.

2017 entries, which were assessed by judges Bruce Pascoe, Julie Gough and Jillian Mundy, addressed the theme: Reflections on being Aboriginal in Tasmania today.