Women made of write stuff

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

IT is an all-fe­male short­list for the 2014 T.A.G Hunger­ford Award.

At a cer­e­mony last Thurs­day, Swanbourne res­i­dent Louise Al­lan joined Madelaine Dickie, Port­land Jones, Mi­haela Ni­co­lescu and Ni­cole Sinclair as the fi­nal five con­tenders for the lit­er­ary award, which will have the win­ner given $12,000 and a pub­lish­ing con­tract with Fre­man­tle Press.

The T.A.G Hunger­ford prize, which is spon­sored by the City of Fre­man­tle, is given to a pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished WA au­thor for a fic­tional or cre­ative non-fic­tion man­u­script.

Re­cent win­ners in­clude Robert Ede­son, Jac­que­line Wright and Natasha Lester.

Fre­man­tle Press pub­lisher and Hunger­ford judge Ge­or­gia Richter said the manuscripts were judged on con­tent, style and mar­ket ap­peal.

“It is un­usual that the short­list con­tains only women and that four out of five au­thors set their sto­ries in the Asia Pa­cific,” she said.

“It is also clear from the 61 en­tries that new Western Aus­tralian au­thors are in­ter­ested in ex­plor­ing how we in­ter­act with the cul­tures and peo­ple of our near neigh­bours.

The win­ner will be an­nounced early this year.

Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt with fi­nal­ists Ni­cole Sinclair, Mi­haela Ni­co­lescu, Port­land Jones and Louise Al­lan.

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