Flat White Thawley Prize

Fire up your writing engine – and win five grand

21 November 2019

2:19 AM

21 November 2019

2:19 AM

Theme: ‘…or forever hold your peace’.

It is with great delight that we announce the sixth annual Spectator Australia Thawley Essay prize. As per last year, the winner will receive $5,000, publication in this magazine, and a slap-up meal with the three esteemed judges; Michael Thawley, former PM John Howard and Rowan Dean (well, OK, two esteemed judges plus the editor of this magazine).

All that is required is a sharp pen and an even sharper mind, with the requirement being an essay of between 1000 and 1500 words that displays all the Speccie characteristics of being thought-provoking, insightful and engaging on this year’s theme: ‘…or forever
hold your peace’. The essays may be humorous, creative, whimsical, prophetic, historical or whatever tickles your imagination.

Please submit entries to rowan.dean@bigpond.com

Please clearly put THAWLEY 2019 SURNAME – NAME in the subject heading.


Submissions must be on a Word document (not a pdf).

Entries must be between 1000 and 1500 words long. Please add them as an attachment to the email. All work must be your own, and all entries become the property of The Thawley Prize and may not be published elsewhere without permission from The Spectator Australia. Your phone number must be included with the email. Entries close on February 29, 2020.

2014’s winning entry, ‘The telegram that saved us from technocracy’, by Daniel Ward, can be found here.

2015’s winning entry, the thought-provoking ‘Warri and Yatungka’, by Tony Letford, can be found here.

2016’s winning entry, ’95th Birthday Present’, by Trevor Watkin, can be found here.

2017’s winning entry ‘Observations from the Grave’, by Tom Grein, can be found here.

2018’s winning entry ‘Save Our Comedians’, by Joan McCaul can be found here.

And good luck!


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