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Commonwealth Jubilee Literary Competition
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History

Terms for this competition appeared in the Great Southern Herald 15 December 1950.

As part of the Commonwealth Jubilee celebrations, the Commonwealth is sponsoring a literary competition. No entry fee is charged and the competitions are open to natural born or naturalised British subjects. Entries submitted are to have an Australian setting, Australian characters or association with Australia and prises offered are:—

A Novel: First Prize £1,000; Second Prize £600.

A non-fiction prose work of volume length with literary value, preferably with an Australian association, such as a biography or collection of biographies, travel book, historical work or collection of essays: First Prize £1,000; Second Prize £500.

Short Story: First Prize £200: Second Prize £100.

A long poem associated with the occasion: First £350, Second £100.

A lyric or set of lyrics: Prizes totalling £350.

Winners

1951 winner Stage Play Competition form y separately published work icon Tether a Dragon Kylie Tennant , (Manuscript version)x401019 Z250620 1950 single work radio play
1951 winner Novel Section y separately published work icon Vision Splendid Tom Ronan , London : Cassell , 1954 Z388096 1954 single work novel historical fiction
1951 winner Long-Poem Section y separately published work icon The Old Ladies at Newington : A Poem for Several Voices Peter Bladen , Melbourne : Meanjin Press , 1953 Z869501 1953 single work sequence poetry "The poem gives a perceptive treatment of Australia's past and present as seen during the visit of a charitable group to the Newington state home for aged women in Sydney." (Oxford Companion to Australian Literature) Consists of seven parts, each separated by a brief 1-2 page interlude
1951 winner Short Story Section Greta Vance Palmer , 1952 single work short story
— Appears in: Coast to Coast : Australian Stories 1951-52 1952; (p. 179-192)
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