The Borderlands Prize 2020

We are thrilled to announce the winners of our First Nations Writing Award and Cover Art Prize for 2020! 

First Nations Writing Award


Karen Wyld for the short story ‘Clatter Tongue’. ‘Clatter Tongue’ will be published in July 2020 print edition. 

Karen Wyld is a Martu descendent, author and freelance writer living on the coast, south of Adelaide. She is currently a Master of Creative Arts student at UTS. Karen was awarded the 2020 Dorothy Hewitt Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and her novel will be released in October. 

Cover Art Prize 


Lana Twyford for her work ‘My Country’. ‘My Country’ will be the cover image for our July 2020 print edition. 

Inherently curious and creative, Twyford has done all sorts of things with the first half of her life. Earth scientist, frog expert, milliner, horticulturalist, mum, business owner. Why limit oneself? It seems fitting for the Territory…as an artist, Twyford romances with mark making using pencil, ink and light. 

Our Student Prize winner will be announced at the beginning of August

Would you like to feature your art work on the very first cover of Borderlands’ print issue? Or be the first Indigenous author published with us in print? Perhaps you’re just after some extra cash? To accompany the first print issue of Borderlands Magazine we are excited to announce three generous awards:


The $3000.00 Borderlands Prize is made up of four smaller prizes:

·       1 x First Nations Writing Award (prose up to 2000 words)

·       1 x Art Cover Prize (A5)

·       2 x Student Awards (high school and tertiary)

Entry to Borderlands Awards & Prizes is free. To enter, email your piece to with the name of the prize category in the subject line. If you are entering the Student Award please email us from your student email account. Please read the guidelines for each category below and ensure eligibility before submitting.


Each category will be read anonymously by two judges. Information about the judges for each category can be found below. Please ensure your name cannot be found anywhere on your document or file for submission to ensure anonymity.  

Borderlands encourages talented and creative artists to test their ideas and skills in a supportive and communal way. The purpose of the Borderlands Prize is to showcase the best Territory talent to the world and to financially acknowledge artists for their hard work.


First Nations Writing Award ($1000.00)

Judges: Yvette Holt and Marie Munkara

This award is open to ALL First Nations writers across Australia. We are seeking memoir, short story, essay or experimental text (up to 2000 words).

Submissions are not to be under consideration anywhere else or in the running for any other award. The award is not limited to a specific theme and the winner will be published in the first print issue of Borderlands in May.

The deadline for the First Nations Writing Award has been extended to 1 March 2020 and all submissions should be emailed to with the award category ‘First Nations Writing Award’ in the subject heading of your email. Please include the title of the work, your name, address, phone number and a 50 word bio in the body of your email, and include your submission as an attached document (without identification) to the email.

You may submit more than one piece, but please send through each individual piece in a separate email. 

If you have any questions about this award please contact Dr Adelle Sefton-Rowston or (08)89466753

Cover Art Prize ($1000.00)

Judges: Dr Birut Zemits and Rod Moss

If you’re an illustrator, painter, cartoonist, digital designer or wicked photographer we’re looking for you! The Borderlands Cover Art Prize is open to all artists living in the Northern Territory or have a legacy connection with the NT. While there is not a specific theme for the magazine’s first issue, it is desirable that the design of the first print cover should represent something special about where we live and who we are. Indigenous artists are encouraged to apply.

Entries should not be under consideration elsewhere or be entered in any other competition.

Submissions should be appropriate for an A5 journal cover to fit 216mm x 154mm for trimming and text overlay at the time of printing.  

Please submit entries as both a JPG and PDF email attachment to with the category name ‘Cover Art Prize’ in the subject title. Please include the title of the work, your name, address, phone number and 50 word bio in the body of the email. Please do not include your name on the artwork for judging purposes.

The deadline for the Cover Art Prize has been extended to 1 March 2020 and the winner will be revealed at the NT Writers Festival in May. For further information contact Dr Glenn Morrison at or 0412 928 778

Student Prize (High School $500 and Tertiary $500)

Judges: Dr Nicola Rolls and Jeremy Garnett

This award is open to all students in the Northern Territory attending high school or higher education at Charles Darwin University or the Batchelor Institute. This award is open genre and includes poetry (up to 50 lines), prose and non-fiction (up to 1500 words), cartoons, comics, animations or artwork.

Winners will appear on a new student portal on the Borderlands webpage later in the year. The deadline for submissions is 23 March and all entries should be emailed to with ‘Student Prize high school [or] tertiary’ as the subject heading from your CDU/BI or secondary school student email account. Please include the title of the work, your name, phone number, address and 50 word bio in the body of the email. Please do not include your name on your submission. For further queries please contact Raelke Grimmer on or (08)8946 7277

Borderlands Magazine is supported by Charles Darwin University (CDU) and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE) and is sponsored by ArtsNT, Creative Partnerships Australia and the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund.

The Borderlands editorial team ¾ comprising Dr Glenn Morrison of BIITE, Dr Adelle Sefton-Rowston and Raelke Grimmer of CDU ¾ is grateful to sponsors, donors and patrons who make publishing Borderlands possible.