Wyld wins UWAP Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript
South Australian author Karen Wyld has won the 2020 UWA Publishing (UWAP) Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript for her manuscript ‘Where the Fruit Falls’.
Wyld was chosen from a shortlist of six, and will receive $10,000 and a publishing contract with UWAP. Her novel will be published in October 2020.
The judging panel—comprising UWA academic Elfie Shiosaki, critic James Ley and UWAP director Terri-ann White—said: ‘In poetic and evocative storytelling, this writing celebrates the agency of Indigenous women to traverse ever-present landscapes of colonisation and intergenerational trauma.’
The judges also highly commended West Australian poet Caitlin Maling’s poetry manuscript, ‘Fish Work’, which will be published by UWAP in October 2020.
UWAP expanded the award’s eligibility criteria in 2018, making all Australian writers and permanent residents eligible to enter and no longer requiring writers or manuscripts to have a ‘connection to Western Australia’.
For more information, see the UWAP website.