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

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

Entries for the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2020 are now closed.

Our judges this year are Tasmanian authors Lian Tanner, Cameron Hindrum and Don Defenderfer.

We hope to announce the winner and finalists in late April.

Young Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2020

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

Good writing about history can be engaging, insightful, poignant or intriguing, but the underlying research will always be authentic and rigorous. The biennial Van Diemen History Prize fosters quality writing about Tasmanian history for articles aimed at 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 winner receives a cash prize of $500 and publication in Tasmania 40°South.

A selection of the best entries are published in The Van Diemen Anthology.

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 Van Diemen History Prize 2020/2021 will open on June 1, 2020 and close September 21, 2020