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Society of Women Writers, Tasmania, Inc

Results of the Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize 2019.


Equal 1st Prize -         ‘Degustation’ by Nicole Rain Sellers, Belmont South NSW

and                              ‘A Barren Earth’ by Merlene Fawdry, Ararat Victoria


2nd Prize –                  ‘Foreclosure’ by Beth Clapton,  Petersham NSW


Highly Commended – ‘Sacred Ground’ by David Terelinck, Biggera Waters QLD


Commended-             ‘Lament for Winding Creek’ by Averil Drummond, Brunkerville, NSW

                                    ‘Old Growth’ by Gillian Telford, Booker Bay, NSW

                                    The Wet’ by Merlene Fawdry, Ararat, Victoria


Please note:

The existing SWWT Facebook page is in the process of closing and a new one will emerge in 2020. Watch this site for details.











A MEMBER OPPORTUNITY: Untitled No. 7, a storytelling show

I’m a Melbourne-based poet and performer who will be coming to Hobart early January (Friday 10th and Sunday12th) to perform my storytelling show, Untitled No. 7, at Fringe at the Edge of the World.

I know it’s a hectic time of the year, but I’d love to offer Hobart's Society of Women Writers discounted tickets to come and see the show if you’re at all interested. Just use the password DISNEY when buying an Adult ticket to get $5 off.

Untitled No. 7 is a joyfully ridiculous fairy tale about the curse of potential and the holy grail of success. It’s full of pop culture poetry, punk rage and a liberal sprinkling of interpretive dance, and has been nominated for several awards (Best Performance – 2018 Melbourne Fringe, Best Cabaret Writing – 2019 Green Room Awards).

Have a wonderful festive season, and I really hope to see you in the new year, Telia

Untitled No. 7 at the 2020 Fringe at the Edge of the World
Dates: January 10th at 7.30 pm & January 12th at 6 pm
Venue: The Grand Poobah – 142 Liverpool St, Hobart
Get $5 off any Adult ticket using the password DISNEY

About Telia Nevile:  

Melbourne-based writer and performer Telia Nevile uses poetry, comedy and storytelling to explore everyday triumphs and the things we’re too ashamed to talk about. Untitled No. 7 received multiple award nominations, and critical and audience acclaim in both its 2018 Melbourne and 2019 Toronto seasons. Telia’s previous show, epic poem Poet vs Pageant, won Best Late Night Moment (2017 Montreal Fringe) and Best Emerging Writer (2015 Melbourne Fringe), and received nominations for Most Innovative Work (2018 NZ Fringe) and Best English Performance (2017 Montreal Fringe). She has appeared at the Queensland Poetry Festival, the Castlemaine State Festival, the Melbourne Emerging Writers’ Festival, the Sydney Writers’ Festival, and the Melbourne Writers’ Festival.



New Year greetings to you all, may 2020 be a great year for all our poets, short story writers, novelists of fiction and non-fiction authors.

Please note that there will be no general meeting in January and the next meeting will be held in the Launceston Library on the 3rd February 2020 starting at 10 am. Homework is to write a story or poem with a new year theme.
The next Stylus is due out at the beginning of February. If you have the time, could you please send me stories or poems as I do not have any members work to include in this Stylus at the moment. I will need them by Friday, 31st January. They can be sent to this email address or my home address is in the last issue of Stylus.
Gold coin donation, raffle, tea and coffee. All welcome.

Bye for now, Secretary Wendy



Watch this space for the announcement of the winning entries.





Rose Frankcombe Short Story Competition Rose Award

Judged by Sally Odgers



Earth Hour, Janice Williams, Stawell, VIC



A Patch of Earth, Annabel Larkey, Sandy Bay, TAS


Highly Commended:  

Seeking Paradise, Kerrin O’Sullivan, Middle     Park, VIC



Earth to Earth, Christine Johnson, Rozelle, NSW



Matchboxes, Jackie Mohr, Bellingen, NSW


Congratulations from the Society of Women Writers, Tasmania





1st place - Rose Frankcombe, TAS - 'Miss Havisham Calls'

2nd place - Helen Thurloe, NSW - 'Yellow Monday'

3rd place - Marilyn Humbert, NSW - 'spinning earth'


Highly Commended certificates were awarded to the following poets"

Helen Swain, TAS

Roger Vickery, NSW

Fran Graham, WA

Sylvia Hardy, NSW

Susan Lee Mason, VIC

Stephen House, SA

BJ North, TAS

David Terelinck, QLD


Thank you to everyone who entered the competition.  

Details regarding our 2019 Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize will be on the website later in the year.




 Congratulations to the winners in the 2018 SWWT Short Story Award
1st Place:     Janeen Samuel, Morgiana, Victoria for The Phone Call
2nd Place:   Susan Gourlay, Queenscliff, Victoria for My Bedroom Window
Highly Commended:    Carmel Lillis, Yarraville, Victoria for Tough Girls Can Cry
Commended:     Brenda North, Brittons Swamp, Tasmania for Careful Thinking
Commended:     Bette Martin, Park Orchards, Victoria for Chiaroscuro
See top of page for details of the current SWWT poetry competition



Warm congratulations to Sally Odgers, recipient of the perpetual Alice Award trophy, 2018, presented by the Society of Women Writers, Victoria.




Hello everyone,
It’s membership renewal time again!
Thank you for your support during the last year!
NOW is the time to renew your membership for 2018-19, starting July 1st.  
Please note that those who paid at the June meeting do not need to pay again.
Membership fees are still $25. You can pay your membership at our monthly meetings, or contact our Membership Officer, Mrs Ros Sydes by either phoning 6343 0943 or email for more information. You can also pay by direct deposit into the following account:

Bank Account Name: Society of Women Writers, Tasmania, Inc.

Bank: Commonwealth Bank of Australia

BSB: 067 601

Account No.:10168834

IMPORTANT: Mark your deposit as either MEMBER RENEWAL - or for new membership application payments, NEW MEMBER.

Scroll down for meeting details and SWWT's Annual Short Story Writing Competition

Bye for now,




For a copy of the Application for Membership or a Membership Renewal form, contact the Membership Officer at:

Please note: The membership fee is now $25.00 per annum


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Vi Liscombe | Reply 11.02.2019 14.28

Wonderful to see Sally Rogers with her 2018 Alice award.
Congratulations Sally and so very well deserved. 🌹

Dianne Bates | Reply 31.08.2018 18.01

2018 Buzz Words Short Story Prize This is for short Story by adults writing for children aged 8 to 11 years. There will be two prizes: first is $1,00

Akhileshvari Dasi | Reply 01.09.2017 07.13

I've only just now discovered your short story competition and saw that entries closed yesterday! I have the perfect story to enter. Is it really too late?

Wendy Laing Coordinator 03.09.2017 11.41

It is too late for our competition so here is a good site to find competitions that are still open.
Wendy Laing

Allan Lake | Reply 20.07.2017 11.32

Is the RM poetry comp only for women? If so, I have a problem.

SWWT Moderator 20.07.2017 14.31

No problem, Allan, both the poetry and the s/s comps are open to all. We look forward to receiving your entry. Thank you for the enquiry.

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This one is interesting for me

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Your good knowledge and kindness in playing with all the pieces were very useful. I don’t know what I would have done if I had not encountered such a step like

11.02 | 14:28

Wonderful to see Sally Rogers with her 2018 Alice award.
Congratulations Sally and so very well deserved. 🌹

22.11 | 13:08

Hello Trish and Claire, my name is Catherine and I am also keen to meet other women in the Hobart area who write. Have you organized any times to get together?

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