an annual writing project for all Australians 
in honour of Grief Awareness Month (August)
Here is the broadcast of the live reading and prize ceremony. 
For individual audio readings with captions see our YouTube channel


History of the Grieve Project
Since 2013, Hunter Writers Centre and our wonderful partner-sponsors have supported this publishing opportunity for first-time and published writers.

Each year, Australians living here and abroad submit poems and stories/personal essays. Approx 120 works are published in the annual anthology.

There is now a dedicated Grieve Project website where people around the world can read the wonderful writings by Australians and buy the books.

The competition opens on Valentine's Day each year and the book is launched in August (Grief Awareness month) via a live broadcast reading online of the top 25 works selected by the judges.

The team of judges come from many fields: grief and loss industries as well as from the literary world.

The prizes are kindly donated by not-for-profit organisations, businesses and individuals.

Would you like to donate a prize in memory of a loved one or colleague? Click here for more information

I am forever grateful to Hunter Writers Centre and partners for this valuable work and hope it continues long into the future.

Linda Harding from Bexley - poet and Grieve published writer, from

Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share my short story with so many brave and talented people.

Carle Evans, Muswellbrook
The Grieve project has been a part of my life since 2015 when I first entered a piece about the death of my four year old son. Each year Grieve has been a catalyst for taking the pain and anguish of my loss and turning it into a creative work which honours my loved one, and gives me a healthy way of expressing my feelings. It is truly redemptive. Reading the works from other writers lets me know I am among a community of those who have suffered and survived. I am not alone. I am forever grateful to Hunter Writers Centre and partners for this valuable work and hope it continues long into the future. 

- Linda Harding, poet and Grieve published writer, from Bexley.
Articles about Grief and Loss

A special note on Suicide:

Did you know, for every 1 suicide there are 5 suicide attempts?

“People feel they need to have a platform to be able to talk about suicide. Grief associated with suicide can be quite different . . . families often feel quite isolated . . . writing about it can provide a safe space for them to express and externalise their grief rather that can be quite internalised and kept silent.” Jenyfer Locke says. Hear her interview:

Organisations relevant to this topic:


R U Ok?

Conversations Matter

Suicide Prevention Australia


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