The Joyce Parkes Women's Writers' Prize

Sponsored by The Australian Irish Heritage Association

Limit 1000-2000 words prose, fact or fiction

First prize $500


Joyce Parkes Women’s Writers’ Prize honours Joyce Parkes who is a well known poet living in WA.

She is the patron of the prize, which aims at promoting and encouraging women writers in Australia.

Limit of 1,000 to 2,000 words –

Prose, fact or fiction. Prize Money: $500

 Topic: 'Freedom'

Deadline: 31 October 2018

Entrance Fee $10.

Enquiries to Denis Bratton 9345 3530

2017 Winning entry 'Leaving Home' by Gina Dawson

To read winning entry click here


Rules of entry

v     All or any 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 .

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