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Tasmanian Young Writer’s Fellowship – 2019 shortlist

The Tasmanian Young Writer’s Fellowship is awarded to a young Tasmanian writer (aged 30 years and under).   It celebrates the strength and breadth of young Tasmanian writing. This prize is intended to:

  • encourage young writers to see themselves as an integral and important part of the Tasmanian writing community
  • encourage young writers to interact with events like the Premier’s Literary Prizes as industry validation of young writers’ talent
  • financially assist a young Tasmanian writer
  • acknowledge the State that inspires them and the artists who deserve recognition within it.

The Tasmanian Young Writer’s Fellowship is awarded to the writer – it is not awarded to a particular work. It is a stand-alone celebration of a writer’s abilities.

Priscilla Beck

Priscilla BeckPriscilla Beck is a writer, artist and facilitator based in nipaluna/Hobart and is Chair of Constance Artist-Run Initiative. Her art and writing practice is a culmination of critical and creative works, each deeply connected to process and place, that often retains a self awareness critical of its medium. Priscilla’s creative practice is complemented by a portfolio of arts writing and facilitating meaningful projects in the community. There is an innate self-consciousness in her work that speaks to the problems of being human and of being a human making art.

Judges’ comments on submission

This writing is spare, poetic and highly visual. It builds a connection with place, and engages descriptively with landscape without becoming overblown. It builds narrative from small details – and from unusual angles.

Sam George-Allen

Sam George AllenSam George-Allen is a writer based in New Norfolk, Tasmania. Her essays and cultural criticism have been published in Overland, the Griffith Review, LitHub, the Guardian, Fairfax, the Lifted Brow, and Kill Your Darlings. Her first book, Witches: what women do together explores the power and pleasure of working with other women. She is currently undertaking a PhD in English at the University of Tasmania.

Judges’ comments on submission

This is strong, well crafted writing by an author with a clear sense of purpose, who knows how to communicate it. It blends, apparently effortlessly, narratives about co-operations between women and an acute sense of the bigger pictures lying behind the local and individual.

Hannah Wararek

Hannah WarwarekHannah Warwarek grew up in Hobart and works as a secondary school teacher. She studied at the University of Tasmania and was a recipient of a Cultural Environments & Heritage Honours Scholarship, in which she engaged with Tasmanian archival material to produce a series of creative writing vignettes. In 2015, Hannah completed a residency at Hadley’s Hotel as part of the inaugural Young Writers in the City programme, facilitated by TasWriters. She has been a contributing sequence author to the national award-winning educational resource ‘Poems to Share II’, produced by Red Room Poetry. Hannah is currently working on her first novel.

Judges’ comments on submission

Greta is a ‘government bot’ unhappy with her mundane job and her vacant love life. But in a moment of drunken passion at a bar one night, Greta may have made a bad choice. Regrettable is a funny, charming take on the modern dating scene as Greta narrates her life with a deadpan humour that makes for gratifying reading.