Wellington author inspired by Bali wins inaugural writing award
Wellington-based author Annabel Wilson has taken away a top prize after sharing her love of Bali in a unique blend of prose and poetry.
Wilson was recently awarded the inaugural Australasian Association of Writing Programs' (AAWP) Emerging Writers' Prize.
The competition, open to budding authors of prose or poetry in Australia and New Zealand, required entrants to include the Hindi phrase 'Tat Tvam Asi' ('I am you, you are me') in an original work.
As an author of prose and poetry, Wilson was drawn to the competition.
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She thought, "That seems like my cup of tea".
Wilson opted to create an experimental entry, a prose poem entitled Quire. "I'm interested in prose and poetry and wanted to blend the two."
Quire consists of 25 vignettes that explore the themes of love, loss, distance and place.
A lot of Wilson's work is about places and faces, she says. "Being a New Zealander, you can't help but be inspired by the environment."
Originally from Wanaka, she moved to the creative capital to pursue her writing career. "For me, the move to Wellington has meant so much for my writing at this point in my career.
"I have found my tribe in terms of being surrounded by fellow creatives.
"The artistic community is really strong and supportive here."
Wilson says she has been striving to be a successful writer, so her recent win makes it all worthwhile.
"My dream of making writing a full-time career is coming to fruition."
The win means Wilson will be whisked back to Bali, the source of her inspiration, for the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) in late October.
AAWP executive member Julia Prendergast, who initiated the prize in partnership with UWRF, is pleased with the results of the competition.
"I am passionate about creating opportunities for emerging writers.
"I too am an emerging writer (a short-fiction addict). I am thrilled about Annabel's win."
Wilson's winning entry will be published in the Meniscus literary journal.