The Joyce Parkes Women's Writers' Prize

Sponsored by The Australian Irish Heritage Association

Topic: Regarding Hope


First Prize: $200

Prose, fact or fiction Max 1000 words


Closing date: 14 April 2009

Rules of entry

v     Winning entries may be published in the Association's magazine The Journal  and its website. The prize money will be deemed to include a fee for publication. Copyright remains with the author.  

v     Entries must be the entrant's original work, not previously published, broadcast or awarded a literary prize.

v     Work submitted must be a copy of the original work (the original should be retained by the entrant). Entries will not be returned.  

v     The work must be in ENGLISH. The Macquarie Dictionary is the spelling standard

v     The work must be typed, double spaced, on one side only of A4 with 2cm margins.

v     Each page is to be numbered, bear the title of the entry and be stapled together at the top left hand corner only. The real name of the entrant must NOT appear on the manuscript.



v     A completed entry form must accompany each entry.

v     The Judges' decision will be final. Any attempt to communicate with a Judge will result in disqualification.

v     There is no limit to the number of entries, but each one must be accompanied by a fee of $10, which will be donated in its entirely to a charity.

v     Entries should be posted to

Writers' Prize, Australian Irish Heritage Association PO Box 1583 Subiaco WA 6904

v     Late entries will not be considered.  

v     The competition is open to all Australian women.

v     Competitors wishing a list of prize winners should enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope, or visit our web site at

Click here for entry form

Click here for deadlines


To read 2008 winner click here