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MILDURA INDIGENOUS WRITERS AWARD


The second Mildura Indigenous Writers Award presentation (left to right):  Narelle Baxter, Tony Birch (Presenter), Patricia Sistergirl Johnson, Sianlee Harris,  Brian Hunt, Sandra Stewart (Elder), Patrick Lawson and Chris McKenzie (PEN Melbourne).

After the successes of 2015 and 2016, PEN Melbourne and the Mildura Writers Festival are delighted to continue the Mildura Indigenous Writers Award in association with the Mallee District Aboriginal Services.

The Award is open to local, Indigenous writers of 16 years and older and will be for a short fiction of up to 2000 words or a poem on any theme.  Prize money of $1200 will be awarded.

The 2017 Award will be adjudicated by writer Natalie Harkin (Narungga).   

Awards will be presented by Natalie Harkin at 1:30pm on Saturday 15 July at La Trobe University, Mildura.

Entries close on 3 July 2017

Download the MIWA Entry Form HERE

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Comments from 2016 Judge, Bruce Pascoe:
 
It was a great pleasure to read the entries in the Mildura Arts' Indigenous Writers'Award. There were some very good poems and stories but in the end I thought Sianlee Harris' Memories was an exceptional story. It works on many different levels and the writing is of a very high standard; a truly worthy winner. Everyone will get pleasure from reading this evocation of youth. Patricia Sistergirl Johnson had three entries but Hunting with Granny Rosie and Special Banana were wonderful poems and are highly commended, as is, The Wind Whispers by Fiona Kirby. All entrants deserve special praise for the serious topics they've tackled and the depth of feeling evident in the writing. Congratulations to the Aboriginal community of Mildura and thank you for sharing such intimate stories with me.
 
Comments from 2016 Winner, Sian Harris:
 
The Indigenous events at the Mildura Writers Festival are important for a number of reasons. They are integral to promoting and sustaining inclusivity and representation of Aboriginal writers. Being part of this event is an important way for our stories to be heard in a forum that is held in high esteem in the local area; I enjoyed it immensely. I was proud to be included in a group of writers I have known and respected for some time now.
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