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The T.A.G Hungerford prize, which is sponsored by the City of Fremantle, is given to a previously unpublished WA author for a fictional or creative non-fiction manuscript.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