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Treasurer, Henry Handel Richardson Society,
86/80 Trenerry Crescent, Abbotsford 3067


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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

The Society is proud to partner with Varuna, the national writer’s house in Katoomba to offer our second  Flagship Fellowship in Short Story Writing. The Society offers the fellowship every two years. The winner of the second fellowship will receive two weeks residence at Varuna in the first half of 2019, and a contribution to travel expenses. The award will be administered by Varuna as part of their Writers Fellowship Program. The 2017 Fellowship was won by the award winning fiction writer, Peggy Frew.

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 the Society conducted international writing competitions, judged by one of Australia’s most significant contemporary writers, Helen Garner.

The 2012 competition was held to honour the centenary of HHR’s only return visit to Australia in 1912 to complete research for her great trilogy, The Fortunes of Richard Mahony. The winner of the Open Section was The Doctor’s Boy by Bronwyn Minifie . The winner of the Youth Section was  Secret Women’s Business by Ashleigh Mounser. A prize giving celebration was held at the State Library of Victoria, and both winners gave readings of their work at our birthday celebrations at Lake View on January 3, 2013.

In 2014 the announcement of winners and prize-giving ceremony was held at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne on Sunday November 9. Because of the high standard of entries two third prizes were awarded, and a special essay prize for an essay with a link to Richardson.

First Prize:
Pressure Okay by Jennifer Down
Second Prize:
Nosebleed by Melanie Napthine
Third Prize:
What I Wished by Rebekah Clarkson
A Lovely Afternoon by Stephanie Buckle
Special Essay Prize:
Perhaps if she had never been your friend by Sylvia Martin

Highly commended:
Parrot by Annette Trevitt
The Flamingos by Melanie Kinsman
Metaphor as Illness by Hugh Kiernan
Loving It by Rose Allan
The Getting of my Father’s Wisdom by Cath James
Frangipani Kisses by Cheryl Hayden
H by Ann-Marie Priest

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. Her winning story is included in the collection.

Third Prize winner, Rebekah Clarkson, has gone on to publish a collection of stories, Barking Dogs, which includes her winning story.

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.