Watts wins UWAP Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript
Western Australian poet Julie Watts has won the 2018 UWA Publishing (UWAP) Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript for her poetry manuscript, ‘Legacy’.
Watts was chosen from a shortlist of five and will receive $10,000 and a publishing contract with UWAP.
The judging panel—comprising poet Lucy Dougan, critic James Ley and UWAP director Terri-ann White—described ‘Legacy’ as a poetry collection that ‘explores the templates and legacies of our internal and external worlds, the psychological inheritance we share and pass on, the interplay between the prime influence of nature and nurture, and the crucial, inherent drive for connection’.
Watts’ collection is the first poetry manuscript to win the award, and will be published under the UWAP Poetry imprint in October 2018.
UWAP also announced a key change for the 2019 Dorothy Hewett Award, with submissions no longer required to be connected to Western Australia. White said she is excited to open up the award to all Australian writers.
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