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Calling all entries for The 2016 Thawley Prize

26 July 2016

10:07 AM

26 July 2016

10:07 AM

Entries to The Spectator Thawley Essay Prize 2016 close at midnight on September 30.

Thank you to all who have entered.
The winner will be announced early in the New Year.

The Thawley Prize, which aims to celebrate Australia’s achievements, is a creation of the distinguished former diplomat Michael Thawley, his wife and three sons. The Thawley Prize aims to elevate discussion and debate about modern Australia by recognising each year an essay that best displays all the Speccie characterisitcs of being thought-provoking, insightful and engaging.

This year we are asking you to imagine ‘Australia in 10 years time’. Your essay can be serious, humorous, literal, political, cultural, or imaginative. Or all of the above.

This year’s prize is again for $5,000. It is for an essay of 1,000 to 2,000 words and is open to English-speaking writers of any age and residents of any country. All entries will become the property of the organiser [Samuel Thawley].


2014’s winning entry, ‘The telegram that saved us from technocracy’, by Daniel Ward, can be found here: here:

2015’s winning entry, the thought-provoking ‘Warri and Yatungka’, by Tony Letford, can be found here: here:

2015’s runner-up ‘Dad and the Burma Railway’ by Matthew Abbott (for which, alas, there is no specific prize other than the glory) can be found here:

The winning entry this year will be published in The Spectator Australia in early 2017 and the author will enjoy a meal with the judging panel (John Howard, Rowan Dean, Michael Thawley) at a top Sydney restaurant. The competition closes this year on 30 September. The winner will be announced in December in The Spectator Australia.

Happy writing.

Entries should be sent to: rowan.dean@bigpond.com


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