Alice Sinclair Memorial Writing Competition

Alice Sinclair was a member of Hunter Branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW and offered her support to get the Lake Macquarie Branch of FAWNSW up and running when there was an interest expressed by our founding member, Rina Robinson. Alice maintained her support of both Hunter and LakeMac FAW branches until her untimely death.

In recognition of her support, the branch set up a biennial writing competition in her honour.


We congratulate Hessom Razavi on his recent award of the Australian Book Review Behrooz Boochani Fellowship. Hessom Razavi won 1st Prize for his poem in the 2016 Alice Sinclair Memorial Writing Competition.

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Congratulations also to Sean Crawley on his collection of short stories, ‘Dead Men Don’t Make Jam‘, recently published by Ginninderra Press! The collection includes his award winning story in the 2018 Alice Sinclair Memorial Writing Competition.


Winners of the 2020 competition:

Winners of the 2018 competition: 

Poetry: 1st Prize – Anne Casey (NSW) for ‘If I were to tell you‘; 2nd Prize – Linda Visman (NSW) for ‘Tosca‘; Commended – Kate Maxwell (NSW) for ‘Smoke

Short Story: 1st Prize – Linda Carter (VIC) for ‘A handful of gravel, the click of a key‘; Sean Crawley (NSW) for ‘Fishtailing‘; Commended – Paulette Smythe (VIC) for ‘How to spot a bruise in a diamond crown‘, Brenda Madden (NSW) for ‘Still night’, Jan Mitchell (NSW) for ‘Tony is angry