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City of Fremantle Hungerford Award

In 2020 the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award will celebrate its 30th year.

Proudly sponsored by the City of Fremantle and Fremantle Press, Western Australia’s most prestigious award for an unpublished work of adult fiction, narrative non-fiction or young adult fiction offers a cash prize of $15,000 and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.


Entries will open Monday 3 February 2020. Submissions may be made via the Fremantle Press Submittable home page. Sign up to the Fremantle Press enewsletter to find out more.

COVID-19 ONE-OFF EXTENSION: due to the disruption created by the virus we have extended the closing deadline for the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award to 11.59 pm on Sunday 22 March 2020 to give entrants a little more time in preparing their submission.


The 2020 shortlisted authors will be notified by phone or email. The winner will be announced at a special event in October 2020.


If you require assistance with your electronic submission, or for any other inquiries, please contact Fremantle Press on (08) 9430 6331.

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About T.A.G. Hungerford (1915–2011)

T.A.G. Hungerford was widely admired as a quintessential Western Australian writer and identity. He was a major contributor in helping us define our sense of self and place in a rapidly changing world. His first collection of short stories was published in 1976 by Fremantle Press. In 1987 T.A.G. Hungerford was made a member of the Order of Australia. In 2002 he was the recipient of the Patrick White Award and in 2004 he was declared a Western Australian State Living Treasure. He was always a great supporter of new and emerging writers and was proud to have the award named for him. A collector's edition of Stories from Suburban Road was released in March 2016.

 2018 winner Holden Sheppard

Holden Sheppard was born and bred in Geraldton, Western Australia. His YA manuscript, Invisible Boys, won the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award, the 2019 Kathleen Mitchell Award and the 2017 Ray Koppe Residency Award, and was highly commended in the 2018 ASA Emerging Writers’ Mentorship Prize. Holden’s novella Poster Boy won the 2018 Novella Project competition and was published in Griffith Review. His true story ‘Fight, Deny, Delete’ was published in the 2019 Margaret River Press anthology Bright Lights, No City. Holden's short fiction has been published in page seventeen and Indigo, and he has also written for Ten Daily, Huffington Post, ABC, DNA Magazine and FasterLouder. He graduated with honours from Edith Cowan University’s writing program and won a prestigious Australia Council ArtStart grant in 2015. Holden serves as the Deputy Chair of WritingWA, and as an ambassador for Lifeline WA. His winning novel, Invisible Boys, is available now.

Past recipients of the award are Madelaine Dickie, Brenda Walker, Jay Martin, Gail Jones, Natasha Lester, Jacqueline Wright, Robert Edeson, Nathan Hobby, Bruce Russell, Christopher Murray, Donna Mazza, Simone Lazaroo and Alice Nelson.