ECU’s undergraduate creative writing prize, the Talus Prize, is now in its 46th year. The Prize offers ECU undergraduate students the chance to compete for cash and book prizes in two categories: prose and poetry. Judges are drawn from the WA writing community and results are announced at an event at the end of semester. The Talus greatly appreciates support over the years by sponsors Fremantle Press, Boffins Bookshop and UWA Publishing.
The Talus was established by Writing staff in 1971 as both an annual competition and a regular broadsheet publication. For creative writing students, the Talus is often the first experience of entering a writing competition, with all the self-discipline and nervousness that entails. It is valuable preparation for a life of professional writing practice, in which writers must regularly develop and present work of publishable standard, in line with particular, industry-based guidelines and by strict deadlines.
This year, the Talus competition calls for narrative prose of up to 600 words and poetry of up to 20 lines, and closes on 12 October. Winners are announced on 26 October. Please see attached flyer for entry requirements.