City of Fremantle Hungerford Award

In 2022 the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award will celebrate its 31st year.

Proudly sponsored by the City of Fremantle and Fremantle Press, Western Australia’s most prestigious award for an unpublished work of adult fiction, narrative non-fiction or young adult fiction by an unpublished writer offers a cash prize of $15,000 and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.

ENTRIES

Entries will open Thursday 3 February 2022. Submissions may be made via the Fremantle Press Submittable home page from 3 February 2022. Sign up to the Fremantle Press enewsletter to find out more.

ANNOUNCEMENT

The 2022 shortlisted authors will be notified by phone or email. The winner will be announced at a special event in October 2022.

MORE INFORMATION

If you require assistance with your electronic submission, or for any other inquiries, please contact Fremantle Press on (08) 9430 6331.  

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About T.A.G. Hungerford (1915–2011)

T.A.G. Hungerford was widely admired as a quintessential Western Australian writer and identity. He was a major contributor in helping us define our sense of self and place in a rapidly changing world. His first collection of short stories was published in 1976 by Fremantle Press. In 1987 T.A.G. Hungerford was made a member of the Order of Australia. In 2002 he was the recipient of the Patrick White Award and in 2004 he was declared a Western Australian State Living Treasure. He was always a great supporter of new and emerging writers and was proud to have the award named for him. A collector’s edition of Stories from Suburban Road was released in March 2016.


2020 winner Maria Papas

Maria Papas has published stories and essays in various journals including TEXT, Griffith Review, Axon and The Letters Page. She holds a PhD from the University of Western Australia. In 2020, the creative component of this PhD won the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award.

Her award-winning title, Skimming Stones, will be available to purchase in November 2021.

Past recipients of the award are Holden Sheppard, Madelaine Dickie, Brenda Walker, Jay Martin, Gail Jones, Natasha Lester, Jacqueline Wright, Robert Edeson, Nathan Hobby, Bruce Russell, Christopher Murray, Donna Mazza, Simone Lazaroo and Alice Nelson.


Hungerford books

Winning and shortlisted books

Mel Hall talks to Maria Papas about how her upbringing, a Christian conversion and her curiosity led her to The Little Boat on Trusting Lane
Mel Hall talks to Maria Papas about how her upbringing, a Christian conversion and her curiosity led her to The Little Boat on Trusting Lane
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