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University of Tasmania Prize

This $5 000 prize is for the best new unpublished literary work by an emerging Tasmanian writer and is supported by the University of Tasmania.  

Nominated works for the University of Tasmania Prize are expected to be:  

  • over 20 000 words, or            
  • a collection of poems, essays, short stories, or            
  • playscripts over an hour in duration when read aloud.            

Nominated works should be ready for publication. They should be edited and proof-read before submission.  

Entries for this prize have now closed.

Conditions of entry

  1. A Tasmanian writer is defined as one who has resided in Tasmania for six of the last 12 months.
  2. The University of Tasmania Prize is open to emerging Tasmanian writers of any age.
  3. The author must be living on the date of entry.
  4. To be eligible, writers must not have had more than one full-length work* published by a third-party publisher, or one full-length playscript produced by a professional theatre company.
    * A full-length work may be a novel, graphic novel, playscript, book-length work of literary non-fiction, or a collection of short stories, literary non-fiction essays or poems.
  5. Manuscripts submitted may be works of non-fiction or fiction for adults or children, graphic novels, work of poetry or playscripts. The manuscript must be typed and double-spaced.
  6. Manuscripts for long works should not have been previously published. If submitting a collection, no more than 20 per cent of stories or poems can have been individually published in reputable journals, magazines or publications.
  7. The manuscript must not be under contract for publication or production at the time of nomination.
  8. Copies of nominated manuscripts received will become the property of Arts Tasmania and will not be returned. Manuscripts will remain the intellectual property of the authors and will not be used by Arts Tasmania for any other purpose.
  9. Nominations will only be accepted from the writer.
  10. The closing date for nominations is 3 April 2017.
  11. Authors must complete the online entry form including payment details and upload an electronic version (in PDF or Word format) of the nominated manuscript by the closing date.
  12. Entry fee: AU$40 (plus GST).
  13. Nominees will receive confirmation of their entry and receipt of payment.
  14. Shortlisted authors may be required for press interviews and promotional purposes before and after the announcement of the prizes.
  15. Shortlisted authors must make themselves available to participate in the Premier's Literary Prizes shortlist announcement event expected to be in held in September 2017 and the winners' announcement event in late November 2017. Both of these events will be held in Hobart.
  16. Each shortlisted author will provide Arts Tasmania with an excerpt from the manuscript and will allow Arts Tasmania to reproduce and disseminate it for promotional purposes.
  17. Authors entering manuscripts for the University of Tasmania Prize may also be eligible to enter their previously published book for the Tasmania Book Prize or the Margaret Scott Prize and may also nominate for the Tasmanian Young Writer's Fellowship.
  18. The decision of Arts Tasmania regarding eligibility is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  19. If Arts Tasmania decides that a manuscript does not meet the criteria then the entry fee will be refunded.


  1. A panel of three judges, selected by the Premier’s Literary Prizes Advisory Committee, will judge the entries for both the University of Tasmania Prize and the Tasmanian Young Writer's Fellowship.
  2. Arts Tasmania has the right to request additional material when considering if the manuscript is eligible.
  3. All decisions are final and no discussion or correspondence shall be entered into regarding the judging process.
    Breach of conditions of entry will render an entry invalid.