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The Patricia Hackett Prize is awarded annually since 1965 from a bequest left for this purpose. It remembers the contributions Patricia Hackett made to both theatre and poetry, and her family's connection with the University of Western Australia. It is offered by Westerly magazine.


  • Awarded annually for the best contribution to Westerly in the previous year.

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2020

winner For the Chinese Merchants of Melbourne i "circulate this amongst your friends critical of the local culture", Grace Yee , 2020 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 65 no. 2 2020; (p. 14-15)

Year: 2018

winner Love Lane (The Work of Writing) David Carlin , 2018 single work prose
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 63 no. 1 2018; (p. 34-36)

Year: 2017

winner Travelling through the Dark : Six Weeks in Oregon Caitlin Maling , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 62 no. 1 2017; (p. 162-167)

'It was coming to the end of my time in America. PhD applications still ongoing, I didn't know where I was going but the movers were booked, the cars and furniture in the process of being sold. It was back to that space of deciding what is necessary and what is easy to replace. I had done a lot, seen a lot, been twenty-something across twenty-something states, tried out their names in my mouth. I liked the South, the long vowels and how the rusting history on every street hung low, like a flag of a pole.' (Introduction)

Year: 2016

joint winner The Exhibit Donna Mazza , 2015 single work short story
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 60 no. 1 2015; (p. 153-161)
joint winner Pay It Forward i "This is all we can see, lines over lines", Siobhan Hodge , 2015 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 60 no. 2 2015; (p. 30-31)
winner In Australia Timmah Ball , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 61 no. 2 2016; (p. 28-36)

Year: 2014

Works About this Award

Patricia Hackett : A Life (1908-1963) D. C. McLaughlin , 2010 single work biography
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 55 no. 1 2010; (p. 68-73)
Editorial J. M. S. O'Brien , 1965 single work column
— Appears in: Westerly , May no. 1 1965; (p. 6-8)