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Affirm Press Creative Writing Prize

2014 winner announced!

Affirm Press is pleased to announce that the winner of the inaugural Affirm Press Creative Writing Prize, presented in association with the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts, is Suzanne Hermanoczki for Our Fathers.

The winner of the Affirm Press Creative Writing Prize receives 20 hours of editorial assistance. The winner will also be provided a personal writing space for 4 to 6 weeks at the University of Melbourne’s School of Culture and Communications.

This year’s judges – Kevin Brophy, Professor of Creative Writing, University of Melbourne; Dr Elizabeth MacFarlane, Lecturer of Creative Writing, University of Melbourne; and Aviva Tuffield, Publisher at Affirm Press – selected a shortlist of four writers:

- Bellwether by Danae Bosler
- Our Fathers by Suzanne Hermanoczki
- Rubiginous by Maya Mulhall
- Inner Geography by Alison Stumberger

Of the winning manuscript, the judges write:

Our Fathers unites the past and the present through the story of a boy escaping postwar Hungary and, in parallel, his death in Brisbane fifty years later. Written from various perspectives, Suzanne Hermanoczki’s work is a lyrical and sensitive study of how family history and memory are passed down through the generations in often ineffable ways.”

Speaking on behalf of Affirm Press, Aviva Tuffield said of the entries:

“Affirm Press was most impressed by the high standard of entries. There was some very accomplished writing and storytelling, and some interesting and unusual experimenting with form and genre. We would have been more than happy to work with any one of the shortlistees to help them to develop their work as they all showed so much potential.”

The Affirm Press Creative Writing Prize will be awarded annually to postgraduate students or recent alumni in creative writing. The prize is intended to assist creative writing students to prepare an original manuscript to a professional standard, giving them access to professional development with a publisher/editor, while also offering them the potential for publication.

For more information about the Affirm Press Creative Writing Prize, visit the University of Melbourne website here.


Announcement of new acquisition: Sing Fox to Me by Sarah Kanake

Affirm Press is thrilled to announce that we have acquired Sing Fox to Me, the debut novel of young Queensland writer Sarah Kanake. Sing Fox to Me is a gothic tale set in the Tasmanian wilderness about twin brothers, one who has Down syndrome, who are sent to live with the grandfather they’ve never met

Sarah Kanake won the QUT Postgraduate Writing Award in 2013 and was recently shortlisted for the Overland Short Story Prize. Sarah is one half of the country-music duo The Shiralee and lives in Brisbane.