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National Jazz Writing Competition
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The National Jazz Writing Competition aims to highlight the role that good reviews play in the jazz world and raise awareness of the specialist skills needed to write them well. Entrants needed to submit two reviews of Australian CDs and one review of a live gig. ( )


  • Beginning in 2005, the National Jazz Writing Competition invited entrants to submit reviews of Australian jazz CDs and concerts. In 2008 the competition focused on short stories, and in subsequent years will alternate between literary and non-fiction genres.

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2010

winner The Death of Jazz i "Lightning has struck the first chord", Ross Clark , 2010 single work poetry
— Appears in: Extempore , November no. 5 2010; (p. 68)

Year: 2009

winner The Fearless Note Andrew Lindsay , 2009 single work essay
— Appears in: Extempore , November no. 3 2009; (p. 97-101)

Year: 2008

winner I Thought About You Peter Newall , 2008 single work short story
— Appears in: Extempore , November no. 1 2008; (p. 97-100) Award Winning Australian Writing 2009 2009; (p. 35-41)