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Writing Australia’s 2012 Unpublished Manuscript Award Launched

28th September 2012

Turning Writing Dreams into Reality


Writing Australia’s Unpublished Manuscript Award [WAUMA] is now open for submissions.
The $10,000 cash prize and $2,000 mentorship will aid in the development of the next stage of an unpublished adult fiction manuscript. It will be granted to the work that shows the greatest promise and is likely to benefit most from this opportunity.
Unrestricted by genre, geographic location or age, the award is designed to support writers on their journey to publication by provided a monetary prize as well as an invaluable formal mentorship.
Despite only being in its second year, this prize is already establishing itself as Australia’spreeminent national manuscript award, assisting writers on their pathway tonational and international writing success.
In 2011, the inaugural WAUMA was won by 27 year-old South Australian Hannah Kent for her manuscript Burial Rights. Writing Australia secured Hannah a mentorship with internationally esteemed author Geraldine Brooks. On the back of the award, Hannah secured an agent, an Australian publisher, and was the subject of the now well-known international bidding war, which saw her sign book deals amounting to more than $1 million.  Her book will be published in the US, UK, France, Italy, Brazil and the Netherlands.
‘The Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award has utterly transformed my career as a writer.Winning the award not only drew attention from publishers and other industry members, but – perhaps more importantly – it also gave me the validation and confidence necessary to continue writing seriously, and with renewed vigour. It remains one of the most singular experiences of my life and I will always be grateful for the myriad opportunities it has brought me,’ said Hannah.
On the phenomenal success of the 2011 award, Writing Australia has secured a group of highly respected judges for 2012, including Nobel Prize winner JM Coetzee, Toni Jordan, Alan Gould and Aviva Tuffield.
Winners will be announced in late January.
The Award is managed by the SA Writers’ Centre on behalf of Writing Australia. For judges bios and details, go here 
Media contact: Vanessa Jones, 0882237662, 

Applications close Friday 26th October 2012, 5pm AEST

14 Comments on “Writing Australia’s 2012 Unpublished Manuscript Award Launched”

  • John Ancher
    October 7th, 2012 9:36 pm

    I have an unpublished fiction manuscript and would like details of how to enter the WAUMA competition.

  • denise wild
    October 12th, 2012 5:19 am

    Is there a word limit?

  • Tanya Oastler
    November 27th, 2012 3:58 am

    Yes, was there a word limit?

  • Pamela Rushby
    November 30th, 2012 4:41 am

    Is there likely to be a similar award in 2013? I learned about this too late for 2012 … :-(

  • Olivia Ashe, writer
    January 6th, 2013 10:43 pm

    I entered this competition. I hope I win :)

  • yasasemoon
    January 12th, 2013 11:13 pm

    Is this award also granted to individuals who have an Australian visa or asylum in Australia ?

  • Olivia Ashe, writer
    January 28th, 2013 11:54 pm

    Can someone please tell me when the winner will be announced? Thanks.

  • Kathryn (Ryn) Shell
    January 29th, 2013 1:17 pm

    30th January and I’ve checked your site. It still says, ‘Winners will be announced in late January.’

    We are eagerly awaiting announcement of the winner. I’ll check again tomorrow. This is a great opportunity for someone.

    Thank you.
    Ryn Shell

  • paula stevenson
    January 31st, 2013 3:26 am

    Have you announced the winner for 2012??

  • AR
    February 1st, 2013 4:56 am

    It is now the 1st of February. Eagerly waiting for the winner to be announced.

  • Olivia Ashe, writer
    February 7th, 2013 3:34 am

    Does anyone know if the winners are announced yet?

  • Kathryn (Ryn) Shell
    February 8th, 2013 9:51 am

    I emailed them and they informed me, the winners would be announced early March. I too was concerned that there wasn’t any update on this website. I was reassured by the reply.

    Maybe :-) the slowness to update is confirmation that this is indeed government funded ;-) .

  • Kathryn (Ryn) Shell
    February 8th, 2013 9:54 am

    Good luck everyone. :-)

  • Olivia Ashe, writer
    February 11th, 2013 4:16 am

    They have announced them. Look under news at the top. I’m so disappointed I didn’t win. I really tried my best this time and it still wasn’t good enough :(

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