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Talus Prize

The School of Arts and Humanities’ undergraduate creative writing prize, the Talus, is open to all currently enrolled ECU undergraduate students across our three campuses. This competition gives students the chance to explore their creative side and express themselves through the written word. Cash and book prizes are awarded to the most outstanding works in two categories, ‘Prose’ and ‘Poetry’. Applications open in semester 2 and the winners are announced at our School’s annual Student Prize Ceremony in March of the following year.

The Talus was established by our Writing staff in 1971. For creative writing students, it is often their first experience  entering a writing competition, requiring self-discipline and dedication. It is valuable preparation for a life of professional writing practice, in which writers must regularly develop and present work of publishable standard, following industry-based guidelines and strict deadlines. Students of all disciplines and skill levels are encouraged to enter.

Categories

Students are permitted to submit a maximum of two entries per category:

  • Prose – maximum of 600 words per entry
  • Poetry – maximum of 20 lines per entry

Prizes

Three prizes are awarded for each category.

  • First Prize - $250
  • Highly Commended - $100
  • Commended - $100 book voucher

Submission criteria

Submissions open

Week 3 of Semester 2, Monday, 14 August 2017 at 9.00am

Submissions close

Week 13 of Semester 2, Friday 3 November 2017 at 5.00pm

Submission guidelines

All entries must follow these strict submission guidelines, otherwise they will not be eligible for the prize:

  • You must be a currently enrolled ECU undergraduate student to enter
  • Your works must be original and unpublished, they will not have received an award in any other competition prior
  • You can submit a maximum of two entries per category only
  • All entries must be typed and double-spaced. All pages must be numbered and the title of your work must appear on each page
  • To ensure anonymity your name must not appear anywhere on your work

Manuscripts will be destroyed after the competition, so please keep a copy.

To enter

To enter, you must fill out the registration form using the below button. Please upload your submission as a word document (.doc) only.

Judging

Judges of the Talus Prize are drawn from the WA writing community. Results will be announced at the School’s annual Student Prize Ceremony in March of the following year and will be posted on the School of Arts and Humanities’ website. The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence shall be entered into.

Contact

Questions should be directed to talusprize@ecu.edu.au

Sponsors

The School of Arts and Humanities greatly appreciates the support of the following sponsors:


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