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’.
The Talus was established in 1971 by our School writing staff, led by Professor Glen Phillips who continues to support the prize today. 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.
This year, submissions open in August and the winners are announced in November. The prizes will be awarded at the School’s annual Student Prize Ceremony in March 2021.
Students are permitted to submit a maximum of two entries per category:
Three prizes are awarded in each category:
All entries must follow these strict submission guidelines, otherwise they will not be eligible for the prize:
Manuscripts will be destroyed after the competition, so please keep a copy.
To enter this year's Talus Prize, you must complete the online registration form. Please upload your submissions as a PDF (.pdf) document only.
Judges of the Talus Prize are drawn from the WA writing community. Results will be announced in the final week of November and prizes will be awarded 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.
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