Open to residents of Australia and New Zealand and permanent residents, the competition is for short stories up to 3,000 words on an assigned theme.

The winner receives a cash prize of $500 and publication in Tasmania 40°South.

Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2019

Winners and finalists


Pilgrims by Greg Burgess (TAS)

Greg won second prize in the 2016 Graber-McInnis Short Story Award for emerging writers in the Canberra region. In the last millennium he wrote book reviews for the Melbourne Herald-Sun newspaper, and he has also published a number of scientific papers. He lives on a property near Deloraine in northern Tasmania with his wife and the usual assortment of chooks and other animals.


The Pine and the Sandstone by Paul G. Dodds (WA)

Truffles by Ashley Goldberg (VIC)

Mrs Bruce Blackstone by Lynley Joyce (TAS)

Stitches by Joshua Kemp (WA)

At the Full of the Moon by Heather MacKenzie (QLD)

The Incident by Kylie Mulcahy (TAS)

Sienna by Anna Murchison (TAS)

Jackjumper by Jane Naqvi (TAS)

No Man is an Island by Stephen Nicol (TAS)

The Compendium of the Ephemeral by Kit Scriven (VIC)

Entries for the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2020 will open in September 2019 and close February 17, 2020

Young Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2019

A short fiction competition open to all Tasmanians enrolled in Years 7-12

Run in partnership with the Tasmanian Association for the Teaching of English


The Van Diemen History Prize 2018/2019

Good writing about history can be engaging, insightful, poignant or intriguing, but the underlying research will always be authentic and rigorous. To foster quality writing about Tasmanian history, Forty South Publishing is initiating a biennial prize for non-fiction history articles written for a general audience.

The prize is for articles up to 3,000 words, on any aspect of Tasmanian history prior to the 21st century.

The winning entry will receive a cash prize of $500 and publication in Issue 92, March-May 2019 of Tasmania 40°South.

A selection of the best entries will be published in an edited volume, The Van Diemen History Prize Anthology 2019 (publication estimated to be late 2019)

Van Diemen History Prize 2018-19


Paige Gleeson (TAS) The Fantasy of the Past: Women’s History at the Cascade Female Factory

Download the winning entry with references by clicking here.


Tony Fenton (TAS) Eclipsed

Terry Mulhern (VIC) St Valentine’s Tears

FINALISTS (alphabetical order)

Claire Doran (TAS) No Passengers in the Coach

Billy Griffiths (VIC) How Archaeology Helped Save the Franklin River

Nic Haygarth (TAS) The Passing of the ‘Tigerman’

Terry Newman (TAS) Constitution Dock: Construction, Naming, and Tragedies

Amelia O’Donnell (NSW) Growing up at the Triabunna Barracks

Gina Slevec (TAS) The Enigma of the Midlands Arch

Kees Wierenga (TAS) Job in Tasmania

Entries for the next Van Diemen History Prize will close in mid-September 2020