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Administered by the Fellowship of Australian Writers Victorian branch, this award is for manuscripts with a minimum length of 30,000 words.


2016 joint winner Trish Bolton

For 'Murder Most Suburban'.

2016 joint winner The Last Supper John Craig , 2006 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Antipodean SF , December-January no. 103 2006-2007;
2015 winner Jo Gardiner For 'The Letter Carrier'.
2014 winner Dorothy-Jane Daniels for Green Jay and Crow
2014 winner Clint Caward for Ground Truth
2013 winner Alison Stewart For Cold Stone Soup (non-fiction).
2013 winner Melanie Napthine For Small Crimes (fiction).
2012 winner Graham Shiel For Kingdom of the Father.
2011 winner Nicole Jamison For The Lookout.
2010 winner Jo Gardiner For The Night Visitor.
2009 winner John Somerville For 'Dry'.
2008 winner Clare Carlin For Excursions.
2007 winner Simon Higgins For unpublished novel 'The Seventh Samurai'
2006 winner y separately published work icon Blood Sunset Spider Web Jarad W. Henry , Crows Nest : Arena , 2008 Z1488245 2008 single work novel crime detective

'When a young runaway is found dead in St Kilda one morning, a syringe hanging out of his arm, no one is terribly shocked. A known junkie, the kid's criminal record was as long as the Scenic Railway. Even local detective Rubens McCauley is quick to conclude Dallas Boyd died of an accidental overdose.

'But anomalies in the boy's death - and the haunting memory of a childhood friend - continue to nag at McCauley. Unable to shake his unease, he fights to revive the investigation. Case re-opened, he soon finds himself enmeshed in a secret network of paedophiles, child abusers and underage prostitutes.

'Forced to look evil in the eye, McCauley must conquer his own demons as he battles to find justice for a young boy he never met but has come to know intimately in death ...' (Publisher's blurb)

As Spider Web.
2005 winner Nova Weetman For the unpublished Monday Man.
2002 winner y separately published work icon The Last Ride Denise Young , Pymble : Harper Perennial , 2004 Z1118152 2004 single work novel (taught in 1 units)
2000 winner Fred Curtis For Epiphany (a collection of poems and short stories).
1998 winner y separately published work icon Pieces of a Girl Charlotte Wood , Sydney : Picador , 1999 Z522613 1999 single work novel
1997 winner Judith Lukin-Amundsen For Conjugation of a Moment.
1996 joint winner Chris Grierson Prize awarded for: He Closes His Eyes to the Darkness All Around
1996 joint winner y separately published work icon The Breadmaker's Carnival Andrew Lindsay , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1998 Z386212 1998 single work novel humour 'Gianni Terremoto is a baker. He is on a quest to bake his way into history. Gianni's lover's breasts have become the baker's mental mould for his rolls and sourdoughs and his daughter Francesca is about to become enshrined as the new local saint, their carnival martyr. In the year in question Good Friday and April Fool's Day coincide. Gianni, born an April Fool, decides to bake a hot cross bun the like of which there's never been. The ensuing hallucinations and food poisoning derail the entire town.' (Publication summary)