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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’.

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.

2020 Talus Prize winners


  • First Prize - 'Edges' Theresa Wilks
  • Highly Commended - 'Gestalt' Ellie Sewell
  • Commended - 'The Present' Amber Moffat


  • First Prize - 'Flickers' Theresa Wilks
  • Highly Commended - 'My Place? Rocky Pool' Joanne Byford
  • Commended - 'My Writing Space' Amber Janowicz


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


Three prizes are awarded in each category:

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  • Your works must be original and unpublished.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.


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.


Questions should be directed to


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

Talus Prize Sponsor FreoPress
Talus Prize sponsor Peter Cowan Writers Centre
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