Joe O’Sullivan Writers Prize

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Honouring the memory of the Organisation’s late founder

First Prize $1,000

Limit of 2,000 to 4,000 words

Prose, fact or fiction.

Open to residents of all states of Australia

Topic: ‘Closed Doors’ or ‘Dorais Dunta’


Deadline: 30 November this year

Entrance Fee: $10

For all inquiries and submissions  call Denis Bratton on 9345 3530 or email


Who was the last winner of the prize?

2020 winner is Chris Brophy for ‘Attrition’ (see our blog for a copy of the winning entry)

Do you have a sample of a previous winner?
What are the rules of entry?


  • All or any entries may be published in the Association’s magazine The
    Journal and its website. The prize money will be deemed to include a fee
    for publication. Copyright remains with the author.
  • Entries must be the entrant’s original work, not previously published,
    broadcast or awarded a literary prize.
  • Work submitted must be a copy of the original work (the original should
    be retained by the entrant). Entries will not be returned
  • The work must be in ENGLISH. The Macquarie Dictionary is the spelling
  • The work must be typed, double spaced, on one side only of A4 with 2cm
  • A PEN NAME MUST BE USED – This should be on each page with title
    and page number. The entrants name must only appear on the entry
  • A completed entry form must accompany each entry.
  • The Judges’ decision will be final. Any attempt to communicate with a
    Judge will result in disqualification.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries, but each one must be
    accompanied by a fee of $10.  Payment may be made directly into our bank account quoting name as reference:
  • Commonwealth Bank – BSB: 066-192 Account No: 10546502
  • The competition is Australia Wide.

Entries should be posted to:

Writers’ Prize
Australian Irish Heritage Association
PO Box 1583
Subiaco WA 6904
Late entries will not be considered.

How do I submit my entry?

Simply complete the  Joe   O’Sullivan Writers Prize Entry form along with your submission and entry fee and send to Writers Prize, Australian Irish Heritage Association WA Inc. PO Box 1583 Subiaco WA 6904