The Westwords-Ultimo Prize 2022 

Entries close 9am 16 May, 2022

Presented by WestWords and Ultimo Press

The WestWords/Ultimo Prize is a new prize that aims to reveal the diversity of a contemporary Australia. Nowhere is the experience of a diverse culture and experience more apparent than in Western Sydney, home to 10% of Australia’s population.

The Prize welcomes submissions from emerging writers of fiction and narrative non-fiction with a completed, previously unpublished manuscript who have a connection to Western Sydney. This connection can be through their personal connection, their manuscripts or the subject matter they deal with and its relevance to the issues and concerns of this dynamic region.

The winner will receive $5,000 in prize money, a week at Varuna, The National Writers’ House and a publication deal with Ultimo Press. Entry is free.


  • Entries open from 25th March 2022 
  • Entries close: 9am 16th May, 2022 
  • Announcement: late August 2022.

“At Ultimo Press we’re driven to be the home for the best new writing coming out of Australia – which is why we’re so excited to be working with WestWords to discover amazing new voices. We can’t wait to see what stories the WestWords/Ultimo Prize uncovers, and to share those new voices with readers everywhere.” Robert Watkins, Ultimo Press Publishing Director.

“Western Sydney, its stories and concerns, are a rich tapestry that exemplifies the forefront of new Australian writing. WestWords is dedicated to nurturing and providing opportunities for writers to have their stories told and celebrated. The partnership with Ultimo Press is so important because it provides the linkage between new writers, their writing and national audiences.” Michael Campbell, Executive Director, WestWords.

WestWords is a not-for-profit charity working across Greater Western Sydney with centres in Parramatta and Campbelltown. They work closely with writers and artists of all ages delivering a comprehensive program of residencies, fellowships, workshops, presentations and publications.  Ultimo Press is an independent publisher established in 2020 with the simple ambition to become home to Australia’s best storytellers. They are part of Hardie Grant Publishing.

For further information, please contact Debbie McInnes at DMCPRMEDIA 02 9550 9207 

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