Support for writers
As part of our aim to promote the work of HHR the Society seeks to support current writers, offering awards in the name of Richardson.
HHR Flagship Fellowship in Short Story Writing 2016-7
In 2016 the Society is proud to partner with Varuna, the national writers house, to offer the HHR Flagship Fellowship in Short Story Writing. The winner of the fellowship will receive two weeks residence at Varuna in the first half of 2017, and $1000 to cover travel and other expenses. The award will be administered by Varuna as part of their Writers Fellowship Program. Applications open on 15 June 2016 and close on 30 July 2016. See Varuna’s website for details: www.varuna.com.au
Varuna, a large house set in peaceful gardens in Katoomba NSW, was the home of the writer Eleanor Dark and was bequeathed by her son for the purpose of supporting writers.
Writing Competitions 2012, 2014
In 2012 and 2014 we conducted international writing competitions, judged by one of Australia’s most significant contemporary writers, Helen Garner.
The winner of the 2014 competition, Jennifer Down has gone on to publish a novel, Our Magic Hour in 2016 and will publish a collection of stories in 2017.
In 2014 the Society also awarded a special prize for an essay with relevance to HHR to biographer and academic, Sylvia Martin for her essay on Aileen Palmer, daughter of Vance and Nettie Palmer. Since then Sylvia’s biography of Palmer – Ink in her Veins: The Troubled Life of Aileen Palmer - has been published by UWAP.