The Margaret Hazzard Short Story Award

In 1970, Margaret Hazzard gathered together fourteen women – journalists, authors, playwrights, illustrators, contributors of articles paid for by newspapers or magazines, and TV and radio writers – to form a Victorian branch of the Society of Women Writers.

In recognition of Margaret’s commitment to women writers and support of SWWV, the Margaret Hazzard Short Story Award was established.

The competition runs biennially and women writers are invited to submit short stories of up to 2,000 words.

Previous Winners

In 2020, the competition was judged by the award winning writer Josephine Rowe. You can read Josephine’s report here and find out why she chose the following entries as winners:

1st Place               ‘Three Red Rosettes’ by Beverley Lello

2nd Place              ‘Washing Shirts in Morocco’ by Kerrin O’Sullivan

3rd Place              ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ by Julie Bateman


2020 Beverley Lello

2018 Mandy Nicol

2016 Megan Wallens

2014 Judith A Green

2012 Janice Williams

2010 Lindy Holmes

2006 Paula Wilson

2004 Laura Deria

2002 Lorraine McGuigan

2000 Lorraine McGuigan

1999 Yvonne Walus

1997 Yvonne Walus

1995 Janis Tait

1993 Ivy Johnston

1991 Melissa Fothergill

1989 Melissa Fothergill

1987 Nanice Leggas

1985 Meg Macalister, Sandra Moore

1983 Margery Mary Hurst

1981 Hilda K Wilson

1979 Robin Klein

1977 Wynne Brown

1976 Barbara Ball


How to Enter

Keep a look out for announcements regarding the 2022 competition dates.

Key Dates

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