The Liam and Frankie Davison Award

The RANZCOG Secondary Schools Literary Competition

Applications for the Liam and Frankie Davison Award open on 31 January 2021 and close on 30 April 2021.

Each year RANZCOG invites senior secondary students resident in Australia or New Zealand to apply for the Liam and Frankie Davison Award for outstanding achievement in literary writing on Women’s Health.

This $1000* award provides an exciting opportunity for students, whether they are interested in medicine, science, mental health, sociology, politics or law. Launched in 2014, the award was renamed in 2015 in honour of RANZCOG staff member and award-winning author, Liam Davison and his wife Frankie, a secondary school teacher, in recognition of their shared passion for nurturing and encouraging young writers.

Entrants can write about any issue in women’s health that interests them. Previous submissions have included fictional and non-fictional pieces addressing a broad range of issues including anorexia, child marriage, pregnancy in third world countries, assisted reproductive technology and violence against women.

For further information please contact the RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation by email at [email protected].

*Up to two awards offered; winning entrant(s) will receive $1000 in AUD or NZD as applicable, based on country of residence.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications are open to students in their final three years of secondary school (Years 10, 11 or 12 in Australia and Years 11, 12 or 13 in New Zealand).

Applications Open: How to Apply

Applications are now open for the Liam and Frankie Davison Award​.

All applications must include a completed application form and an original literary piece of 500 - 1000 words on any topic of interest in women’s health (examples might include an opinion piece on a social issue, a short story, a report etc.).

Download the Supplementary Information for schools and students (PDF)
Download the Terms and Conditions (PDF)
Complete the Application Form online

Winning entries from previous years

Bessie Yuan of North Sydney Girls High School (NSW) was the 2019 winner of the Liam and Frankie Davison Award for outstanding achievement in literary writing on an issue in women’s health.

Winner 2019: Chasing Sunset – B Yuan

The Award Committee was most impressed by the topics selected and the quality of the many entries received this year across New Zealand and Australia. Fiction and non-fiction works were submitted covering a broad range of topics including endometriosis, body image concerns, domestic violence, fertility, menstruation, gender inequality, child marriage and sexual harassment.

Previous Winning Entries

Winner 2018: Manifesting #MeToo - G Bahaar (PDF)

Winner 2018: Unnatural Selection – M Ungvary (PDF)

Winner 2018: The Day of the Fire – E Uren (PDF)

Winner 2017: Gag Trumps Women’s Rights - G Bahaar (PDF)

Winner 2017: Early Exposure to the Internet has Influenced my Generation's View of 'Normal' Women - A McGregor (PDF)

Winner 2016 - Virginity: A Way of Oppression and Restriction - J Down (PDF)

Winner 2015 - A Girl of Iron - I Watkins-Gray (PDF)

Winner 2015 - The Business of Domesticating Women: A Study of Female Targeted Sex-trafficking -  R Machado (PDF)

Winner 2014 - Female Genital Mutilation - E Sims (PDF)

Winner 2014 - Life's Not Fair - K Cosman (PDF)

More information

For more information on the Liam and Frankie Davison Award, please contact the RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation:

Phone: +61 3 9417 1699

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