Competitions

Hawkeye Publishing hosts 2 annual writing competitions:
The Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Competition and the The Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize (First Prize value $2,500AU) – open to all authors writing for an English-speaking audience.

Our writing competitions are not-for-profit. Hawkeye Publishing sponsors them, and we do so because it is rewarding to share the fun of watching talented writers, in many cases, see their work published for the first time. We’d like to thank Brisbane Writers Workshop for sponsoring the structural edit for the Manuscript Development Prize.

We are currently looking for two volunteers who’d like to be involved in the marketing, judging and book production associated with our writing competitions. Of course, volunteering will preclude you from entering, but if contributing your skills to a fun cause in the writing space and working with a group of professionals happy to share their knowledge with you, sounds alluring, touch base with Carolyn Martinez, Director of Hawkeye Publishing.

A Small Sample of Winners’ Reactions

‘I would like to thank you and your company for providing such a great opportunity to a fledgling writer like me. It was a great thrill to open your email last night and to discover my name on your “long-list” and even more exciting to know that my story will be published. My entire career was spent teaching mathematics and, like your father Sydney, I played bass and guitar in semi-professional rock bands at night or on weekends. I wonder whether I ever crossed paths with Sydney at a music gig. It never occurred to me to try writing until I joined a couple of U3A classes in Brisbane last year. I was encouraged to enter your competition by a very motivating teacher and writer, Bronwen Cousins. You and your judges have made my year. Please pass on my thanks to them,’ Peter Buttery.

‘It doesn’t happen often – but I am, literally, totally without words – thanks so much for this news Carolyn, and of course, huge thanks to the judges! What a buzz! A Covid lockdown win! Regards and thanks again,’ Alida Galati

“I am smiling broadly, very broadly. I am humbled to be chosen for the long list,’ Christopher Bantick.

‘Thank you! What a surprise! I’m really honoured to be selected as the Junior Winner! Can’t wait to share this good news with my teacher and principal! Thanks again for organising this competition and I really appreciate the hard work from you and all the judges!’ David Lin.

‘Congratulations to the winners and congratulations to you all for running the competition. You provide great encouragement to continue writing and to experiment with new ideas and styles,’ Pinchas Birnbaum.