Get writing – The Frugal Feast Writing Prize

4 November 2015

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Deadline extended until midnight Friday 11 December! 

Each year, YWCA Canberra fundraises to support our Lanyon Food Hub, an emergency food relief program that provides free, nutritious food to young people and their families in need in the Tuggeranong region. This year, we’re aiming to raise a huge $15,000 with our annual Frugal Feast appeal – and we have an exciting, creative way for you to get involved!

Introducing, the inaugural Frugal Feast Writing Prize…

This year, we’re hosting a special writing competition, to get our community thinking creatively about the issue of emergency food relief, and how insecure access to food might impact on members of our community.

We’re looking for short stories that interrogate the theme ‘The Frugal Feast’. You can be as creative and interpretive with the theme as you like – think about potential futures, different cultures, different meanings of the word ‘feast’!

Our amazing judges are:

Robyn Cadwallader

Robyn is an award-winning writer and poet from the Canberra region. Her novel The Anchoress was awarded the Varuna LitLink NSW Byron Bay Unpublished Manuscript Award in 2010, and continues to receive significant critical acclaim. You can read more about Robyn and her work here.

Zoya Patel

Zoya is the founder/editor of online feminist arts and literature journal, Feminartsy. She is the 2014 Anne Edgeworth Young Writers’ Fellowship recipient, a 2015 Seizure Viva la Novella Editor, was shortlisted for the 2015 Scribe Non-Fiction Prize, and is the 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year. Zoya also works at YWCA Canberra as Corporate Relations and Advocacy Manager.

Kate Chipperfield

Kate Chipperfield is the President of YWCA Canberra. Kate has worked across various areas of the government sector including in health. employment, higher education and Indigenous affairs. Currently completing her Master of Public Policy, when not reading up on the theory behind policy design and implementation, Kate loves reading all sorts of great books, especially those by Geraldine Brooks.


1st prize:

  • 1 year membership to ACT Writers’ Centre
  • 1 year membership to YWCA Canberra
  • 2 hours of editorial time with Zoya Patel
  • Publication of an excerpt of your story in The Canberra Times
  • A Canberra Times prize pack, and
  • Publication  of your story on the ACT Writers’ Centre blog!

2nd prize:

  • 1 year membership to YWCA Canberra, and
  • A book prize pack courtesy of Scribe Publishing.

3rd prize:

  • 1 year membership to YWCA Canberra, and
  • A book prize pack courtesy of Scribe Publishing.

How it works:

  • All entries must be accompanied by a $10 donation to the Food Hub. Donate through Everyday Hero here, and include your receipt number in your email submission. Entries that don’t include a receipt number will not be accepted.
  • All entries must be no more than 1,500 words long
  • All entries must be typed, in 12 pt font and double-spaced
  • Please include your entry title on every page of the document, and include a cover page with your name, email address, phone number, and donation receipt number. Please don’t include your name anywhere else on the entry – this is to ensure a blind judging process.

Entries should be emailed to

Deadline extended until midnight Friday 11 December! 


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