Award Winning Australian Writing 2017 – I’m in it

Dear Mike,

I have the greatest pleasure in informing you that your piece, ‘My Father’s Blood’, has been selected for inclusion in Award Winning Australian Writing 2017.

Your piece will be proofread in order to adhere to Melbourne Books’ House Style (e.g. em-dashes, single quotation marks, etc.), but no major editorial changes will be made.

We will publish your work on a non-exclusive basis, meaning you are free to publish it elsewhere if you wish. You retain all rights to your work.

The launch will be held on 30 August. More details will be sent out shortly. We hope to have some people reading extracts from their winning work at the event, so please let us know if you like to be one of them.

In the meantime, keep up to date with Melbourne Books’ Writers’ Hub and AWAW on Facebook. We might post excerpts of your work on our Facebook page, so remember to Like us and share our posts with your friends. Please let us know if you’d like us to share any video or audio recordings of you reading your piece.

Thanks for being part of this exciting collection! We will be touch again soon.

Kind regards,

AWAW 2017 Editorial Committee


The poem, about my late father, won first prize in the Salisbury Writers’ Competition in 2016. Read it here:


11 thoughts on “Award Winning Australian Writing 2017 – I’m in it

  1. Wow, Mike, Congratulations!! That is so awesome. I’ll be able to,say, I knew him when…..”

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Hello Mike this is fantastic news – just when you have left the country!! Will you pop back for the launch late Aug? You’re famous man – we love you man (now where have I heard that before).

    Take care in Vietnam.


  3. Very late to this, Mike, but mega belated congratulations anyway. And as I’ve said to you before, that particular poem is so poignant… Definitely deserving of the accolade. xo

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